Joel Cohen

Young Israel OKs Sale Again

09/25/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The board of directors of the National Council of Young Israel has voted again to sell its longtime Manhattan headquarters to a condo developer for $5.4 million. The approval comes days after a state Supreme Court justice nullified a previous board vote by one of the nation's largest Orthodox membership groups for not being conducted properly. Tuesday night's vote was 18-1 with one abstention, according to NCYI attorney Ken Fisher. It took place at an hourlong closed meeting at Abigael's restaurant in Manhattan.

Young Israel KO'd On Building Sale

09/11/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Bad math equals no sale. That's what an acting state Supreme Court justice ruled Monday when she rejected the National Council of Young Israel's request to sell its six-story headquarters in Manhattan's Flatiron District building to a condominium developer for $5.4 million. Debra James said NCYI did not properly count the votes from its board of directors meeting when NCYI officers approved the sale at a Nov. 14, 2002 board meeting.

Split Decision

07/24/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The Beth Din of America has disqualified the rabbinic court of the National Council of Young Israel from settling a dispute with one of its affiliate congregations over the proposed sale of NCYI's Manhattan headquarters to a residential developer for $5.3 million.

Split In Young Israel Family

06/05/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Things are growing nastier at 3 W. 16th St. in Manhattan. Last week, the Young Israel of Fifth Avenue (YIFA), an Orthodox synagogue with about 200 members located at the Chelsea address, was barred from receiving its packages. That's because the building owner is refusing to accept the synagogue's mail. The latest incident of anti-Semitism? Hardly. The building owner is the National Council of Young Israel, the parent organization for nearly 150 Orthodox synagogues across the country.
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