A haredi yeshiva buys an adjoining apartment building with the intent to use it as dorm and study space. Many of the building's residents are elderly and handicapped immigrants from the Former Soviet Union who pay reduced rents under rent control and through Federal housing programs. They can only be evicted under a loophole in NY law that allows a building to be converted for use for charitable or educational purposes. The yeshiva sends residents eviction notices, but it does not make any provision to help them relocate or find affordable housing.
Is this ethical? Moral? I think not.
The yeshiva? The Mesivta and Yeshiva Gedolah of Manhattan Beach, NYC. The rosh yeshiva? Rabbi Joshua Zelikovitz.
We should start a haredi "Hall of Shame." Rabbi Zelikovitz would fit right in.