By COLlive reporter
A list of candidates running for the Vaad Hakohol – Crown Heights Jewish Community Council’s executive committee has been approved by a rabbinical authority.
Some of the hopefuls who submitted their candidacy by May 12, 2010, were opposed by parties involved in the Brooklyn community’s affairs which led to a 10 day delay from the initial deadline.
The candidacies of Yosef Hackner and Aron Vogel were opposed because of their age, as per the bylaws of Vaad Hakohol that requires the age of 30, although the bylaws of the council requires only the age of 20.
In a ruling released Sunday, May 23, Rabbi Abraham Rosenberg wrote: “Because the election of Vaad Hakohol and the Council were merged (in the 1980’s) as per orders of Rabbi [Yehuda Kalman] Marlow there cannot be separate bylaws for the two organizations… the bylaws of the council controls.”
Furthermore, Rosenberg ruled that “the most logical compromise would be to set an age between the two ages in the conflicting bylaws. The highest age a Bais Din would’ve set as a compromise would be 27,” and both in question are above this age.
A stronger objection was directed at current Vaad Hakohol members – Fishel Brownstein, Chanina Sperlin, Zev Cadaner and Elie Poltorak – who opponents said were not complying with Rosenberg’s Psak on the Bais Din.
But Rosenberg, a respected dayan from Monsey, dismissed the claims saying, “those allegations as of now were not proven, and therefore can’t serve as grounds for disqualification.”
Cadaner’s candidacy was additionally opposed because of his involvement in the Ohr Menachem boys school in Crown Heights (The bylaws disqualify an administrator or executive director of a local institution).
In this case as well, Rosenberg dismissed the claims, noting that the bylaws “does not include a person who is running his own business and merely serves on a voluntary basis as a member of the board of directors of a Moisad.”
Two others, however, were not spared and were disqualified by Rabbi Rosenberg for their position in local educational and social organizations.
Rabbi Shea Hecht, chairman of the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE), was rejected for his family being “effectively responsible for numerous organizations in Crown Heights, that they collectively own and/or run.”
Another, Zalman Wilhelm, was eliminated from the race for being “the paid administrator” for Bnos Menachem girls school in Crown Heights.
So who is running besides the 4 current Vaad members? COLlive.com has obtained the full list:
Michoel Chazan, Meir Spinner, Avrohom Benaroch, Meir Schreiber, Zaki Tamir, Yosef Keller, Yosef Hackner and Aron Vogel.
We have not received word yet who are the candidates for elections for Gabboim of the main shul in 770, which will also take place on Sunday, June 13, 2010.