Watch: Court Orders Shul To Be Demolished


Chabad of Towson is facing the unprecedented destruction of a Jewish home for students, just because it is a Jewish home.

Never before in America has a US court ordered a Jewish community center or synagogue demolished—until now. A court in Baltimore County, Maryland, is trying to do just that. The court has ordered that the Chabad Center of Towson be bulldozed.


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  1. Nat Lewin, one of America’s best attorneys and champion of Jewish causes, lives not far from there! Can one connect the parties???

  2. The story below is taken directly from the Towson Chabad web-site.

    Two important points to consider:

    1.The house at 14 Aigburth Road which was purchased by Chabad is located in the middle of a residential area. Quoting Chabad’s own words (see below), the house now houses activities for “thousands of students”. One can imagine the inconveniences, i.e. parking, traffic, etc., caused by this transition.

    2. Chabad argues “Eighty years after Kristallnacht, a Rabbi’s home and a home for thousands of Jewish students is slated for destruction. For a clearly discriminatory ruling like this to be administered in the 21st century is chilling.”

    What a horrible comparison to make! How insulting to those who actually bear witness to Germany of 1939. Stop using the “Holocaust Card” and “anti-Semitism” every time you don’t get your way.

    The Story
    The story of Chabad on Campus is a story of a house that becomes a home. It is a story that repeats itself in hundreds of universities around the world. Far from home and searching for warmth and belonging, Jewish students from all walks of life are welcomed into the open homes of the campus Rabbis and their families. These homes become their home, these families become their family, and these experiences lead them to discover a love for Judaism and an everlasting connection to the Jewish people.
    In Towson, Maryland this story began in 2008 when Rabbi Mendy and Sheiny Rivkin moved to a house on 14 Aighburth Rd. The Rivkins saw the empty rooms and bare walls as a future cornerstone of local Jewish life.

    Sure enough, this house quickly became home to thousands of Jewish students at Towson University. With Friday night dinners, social BBQs, Yeshiva night, Sinai Scholars, and Challah bakes, this home is bustling—bursting!—with Jewish life on campus.

    In desperate need of additional space to accommodate their extended family of Jewish students, the Rivkins drew plans and worked hard to raise the necessary funds for expansion. Working with the local council and
    their neighbors, Rabbi and Mrs. Rivkin tweaked plans and attended public hearings to ensure that the construction would proceed smoothly.

    Despite all the legalities being in place, a neighbors’ association refused to make peace with the Chabad House’s growth. As construction progressed on the new Chabad House, the neighbors’ association focused their efforts on preventing Jewish students from having a home-away-from-home on Aighburth Rd. Without legal recourse, the neighbors and their attorneys combed through old documents until they unearthed a covenant that had previously been unknown by any party. The covenant stated that the house on 14 Aighburth Rd. had to be set back 115 feet from the street.
    The neighbors’ association and their attorneys brought the documents to court and demanded that the judge issue a stop work order on Chabad’s construction. The judge refused, arguing that no irreparable harm would be caused to the neighbors through this construction. Chabad’s legal counsel, too, advised that construction move forward, as the worst-case scenario would likely be a financial settlement.

    When the matter ultimately came to court, the judge ruled against Chabad, citing $17,000 of damage to the property value of the neighbor. In a total act of prejudice, the judge then shockingly ruled that the entire $1,000,000 building must be torn down to compensate for the $17,000 damage.

    Chabad’s request to spend $250,000 to move the building back the necessary amount was also refused. To quote the neighbor, “Though moving the building would technically satisfy setback requirements, only tearing it down entirely would solve all its legal issues.”

    The issues she refers to exist only in the minds of those who are prejudiced against the growth of the Chabad House. In a place where logical, legal alternative actions were offered by Chabad’s counsel, the court is proceeding to require that the building be demolished, within forty five days. Eighty years after Kristallnacht, a Rabbi’s home and a home for thousands of Jewish students is slated for destruction. For a clearly discriminatory
    ruling like this to be administered in the 21st century is chilling.

    Never before has a U.S. court ordered a Jewish community center or synagogue demolished.

    Help make sure it doesn’t happen now.

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