Wednesday, May 16, 2012

KJ faction loses bid to halt camp permits 

Kiryas Joel's ruling faction has been unable to stop Ulster County from issuing summer camp permits to their Satmar adversaries.

Ulster Supreme Court Judge James Gilpatric declined Monday to issue a restraining order on the county's May 9 awarding of four camp permits to allies of Zalman Teitelbaum. Tuesday's initial inspection of the Wawarsing and Rochester campgrounds was therefore able to go ahead as scheduled.

Zalman's Hasidic faction dominates Brooklyn, but older brother Aaron Teitelbaum's sect controls the Kiryas Joel synagogue. Both brothers claim to be the rightful successor to Satmar Grand Rebbe Moses Teitelbaum, who died in 2006.

Aaron's lawyer — Richard Mahon II — also filed a complaint Monday aimed at overturning Ulster County's decision.

"The county did what it never should have done: it picked sides," Mahon wrote in a letter to the court Thursday.

Gilpatric plans to make a final ruling on the permits by the camps' June 26 start date, said Ben Ostrer, Zalman's lawyer.

Some 3,500 Hasidic teens attend the camps in Dairyland, Kerhonkson, Napanoch and Ulster Heights each year. The Brooklyn-based Rosenberg family has run the camps for the past five decades.

Aaron's sect withdrew from Rosenberg's camps in 2007 and created their ow
n, parallel offerings in Sullivan County.


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