Return of the Rogue Rabbi – Elections and New York Religious Corporation Law

Recently in the news is a follow-up story relating to a dispute regarding control over a Chelsea synagogue.  A prior blog post related the original story about a “rogue Rabbi” who took control of the synagogue pursuant to a lease agreement, and was accused of violating the lease by, among other things, tearing out original pews, renting the synagogue out for parties, and other alleged wrongful conduct.  That dispute is still being litigated. The new dispute relates to a recent election held by the synagogue to elect a new Board of Trustees.   Certain members have disputed the validity of the election, and have filed suit to reverse the results of the election.  As our prior blog posts have explained, such disputes are usually governed by the New York Religious Corporation Law.  The law governs all religious institutions, including the so-called “major” religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hindu.…

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