Accused caterer files defamation suit against synagogue after it gives him the boot; meanwhile, Nassau County investigates fraud charges.
In the latest wrinkle involving Morrell Caterers, the Long Island kosher caterer accused of violating kosher laws, Morrell filed a $10 million defamation suit against the rabbi of the Conservative synagogue in which it operates after the rabbi recommended terminating its contract because of a “loss of trust in Mr. Morrell’s integrity.”
It’s a kosher consumer’s worst nightmare: charges that pork, shrimp were prepared in temple kitchen.
The office of Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Morrell Caterers of Woodbury, L.I., prepared shrimp, lobster, pork and other non-kosher food in the same kitchen in which kosher food was prepared.
And the three Nassau synagogues at which Morrell is the caterer have been deluged with calls from frantic congregants who have booked upcoming affairs with Morrell.