By COLlive reporter
A battle to halt the sale of a historic Brooklyn synagogue to a private developer has received temporary support by the Kings County Supreme Court on Thursday.
Judge Marsha Steinhardt issued a “temporary restraining order” against the planned demolition of “Anshei Lubavitch of Boro Park – Beis Yitzchok” located at 4024 12th Street.
The shul is historically known and registered as Chevra Anshei Lubawitz of Borough Park and is the oldest running shul in the neighborhood. Its current name was a tribute to its respected Chabad rov, Rabbi Yitzchok Dov Ushpal OBM.
Williamsburg developer Moshe Karpen recently purchased the shul property for $3.1 million. He planned to build an apartment building on the space, a plan which was approved by the Attorney General of New York State.
But board members of the shul claim that the property was illegally sold as they have only learned of the sale after the deed has been delivered to Karpen.
They said the purchase price was “grossly inadequate and does not represent the actual fair market value of the property.” They said the sale was “the product of a personal relationship between a trustee and Karpen.”
Although the shul isn’t frequented by Lubavitch chassidim, it holds historical value to the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. Founded in 1914 (Sivan 5674), it was one of the first institutions in the USA bearing the name of Lubavitch.
A person involved in the case told COLlive.com that the Frierdiker Rebbe visited the shul and that the Rebbe opposed the sale of the Shul property in the past.
Judge Steinhardt ordered that no sides take “any step to proceed with the demolition of the current building or in any other way changing or altering” it.
The Shul’s constitution written in 1914, which some say the Frierdiker Rebbe was involved in writing.