Cow slaughtered in backyard of the Bobover Yeshiva of Monsey, New York. The yeshiva is located in a residential neighborhood. Slaughter was done in the open, in full view of neighbors.
Bobover Yeshiva of Monsey
Cow slaughtered in yard of Ramapo yeshiva
Jane Lerner, Journal News
RAMAPO - Police and health inspectors are investigating today after students and teachers at a yeshiva on Route 306 slaughtered a cow in the school's backyard last night, officials said.
Ramapo police were called to 609 Route 306 shortly before 7 p.m. after neighbors called to report that students and teachers at Yeshiva Bobover had tied a cow to a tree and were slaughtering it, officials said.
When police arrived they found a dead cow in the backyard, according to Lt. Brad Weidel.
"There was a cow that had been slaughtered," he said.
No criminal charges were filed. But the incident was referred to both the Rockland Department of Health as well as town officials, he said.
The cow had apparently been purchased from a livestock company in Monticello, N.Y., Weidel said.
Neighbor Carol Friedman saw adults and teens from the school lead the cow from a brown van into the backyard shortly after 5 p.m. She did not see what happened in the yard, but another neighbor told her that the animal was tied to a tree and slaughtered with knives
"It's the most horrendous, barbaric thing I have ever heard of," she said. "I can't believe they would slaughter a cow in a backyard in a residential neighborhood."
A message left for Rabbi Gershon Bornfreund, operator of the yeshiva, was not immediately returned.
Pearl River lawyer Mark Kurzmann, who is representing the school in an ongoing zoning dispute with the town, was not immediately available for comment.
Thomas Micelli, director of environmental heath for the Rockland Department of Health, said officials were notified of the incident last night.
Inspectors visited the school, located in a residential neighborhood bordering the villages of Wesley Hills and Pomona, this morning, he said.
There was no evidence of fresh cow blood on the ground, according to Micelli. Inspectors also looked to see if there was evidence that meat from the cow was being consumed.
"There was no evidence of that either," Micelli said.
There is nothing in the county sanitary codes that addresses slaughtering animals in residential neighborhoods, he said.
"It does not seem that any regulations were violated," Micelli said
The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates animal slaughter.
The county Department of Health, is providing information about the incident to state officials, who then have the option of notifying the USDA.
VIN has the yeshiva administrator's official statement on the incident:
Please note that the story of the shechita of the cow on our grounds had nothing to do with me, nor with Bobov. A group of people learning hilchos shechita, used our lot for their practice without our permission. They say that they tried to contact me, but they couldn't reach me. I surely wouldn't allow our grounds to be used for this, although no laws were broken.
Rabbi Gershon Borenfreund
Yeshiva Administrator - Bobover Yeshiva of Monsey