By COLlive reporter
Better late than never?
Elections are in the works for the Vaad Hakohol and Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, some 8 years after local residents were last given the chance to vote.
Zaki Tamir, an attorney who chairs both representative groups, has announced that elections “will be held in June / Sivan of this year.”
The last attempt to hold elections in 2016 failed because the community’s bylaws require an election committee to be formed by “netzigim” – delegates of each Crown Heights shul.
But with the Crown Heights Beis Din fractured into 2 separately operating bodies and kashrus agencies –Rabbi Avraham Osdoba and Rabbi Shlomo Segal on one side, and Rabbi Yaacov Schwei and Rabbi Yosef Braun on the other– that attempt quickly failed.
To bypass this hurdle, Tamir asked Rabbis Osdoba, Schwei and Braun to each designate 2 individuals to join the election committee.
“In view of the failure of the Netzigim to convene, he is requesting that the Rabbonim exercise their authority by appointing a special election committee to conduct a fair and impartial election,” Eli Cohen, Executive Director of the Community Council wrote.
In the letter dated Thursday, 9 Adar I 5779, Cohen writes that Tamir his hoping to “minimize friction and improve the chances of a campaign and election appropriate for our holy neighborhood.”
He asked the rabbis submit their names for the elections committee no later than 23 Adar I 5779 – February 28, 2019.