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Morrell Wins Round Against Woodbury Jewish Center

Supreme Court rules Morrell can stay because contract doesn't cover breaches.

Morrell Caterers , according to a New York State Supreme Court decision on Friday.

Judge Vito M. DeStefano ruled that the contract, extending through June of 2029, between Woodbury Jewish Center and Morrell Caterers doesn't have a proper termination clause in case of a breach. Despite the temple's claims that keeping Morrell on their property would harm their finances, it was not enough to go through with the eviction at that time.

In February, Woodbury Jewish Center served Morrell Caterers, citing breach of contract and violation of Jewish principles.

"Replacing him with a kosher caterer of unquestioned and impeccable integrity will inspire the confidence sorely needed," Woodbury Jewish Center's Rabbi Shmuel Adler.

In his ruling, DeStefano acknowledged the current battle between Morrell and Woodbury Jewish Center, but said it was "improper" to grant the temple injunctive relief when they couldn't prove they would "suffer irreparable harm."

"Common sense and justice has been sustained," reacted Morrell Caterers owner Scott Morrell, saying it strengthened his "desire to pursue mediation and rational discussion to create a solution that will end our differences."

Morrell Caterers is at the center of a kosher dispute that rocked the Jewish community in February when . Rabbis from surrounding synagogues as news broke that Morrell was accused of violating Jewish laws, telling employees to prepare kosher and non-kosher in the same vicinity.

Woodbury Jewish Center was not immediately available for comment as of this report.

Dan May 01, 2012 at 07:14 PM
People can easily jump to a lot of misguided conclusions based on some of these comments. This is a contractual dispute, it happens all of the time. This is not a criminal action from what I have seen. I too am not jumping to any false conclusions. Bottom line is that opening up an investigation does not mean there is any proof. Anyone can open up an investigation. From what I’ve seen, absolutely nothing has come from what is referred to as an investigation into Morrell here. In fact it’s been understood that the investigation is over in the Nassau DA office. The only investigation I have heard of is now one into extortion attempts against Morrell himself.
JD Goldberg May 03, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Scott Morrell can try to spin this story any which way he wants, but the truth is Nassau County Supreme Court Justice, Vito DeStefano ruled that Woodbury Jewish Center could revoke Morrell’s license at will. Therefore, the temporary restraining order to prevent Morrell from being evicted was VACATED in a ruling last week by DeStefano. To make this clear for everyone, the synagogue can proceed with the eviction process. So… where is this round that Morrell won?
JD Goldberg May 03, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Scott Morrell has been charged with serious allegations that can potentially ruin the congregation’s reputation. A Rabbi’s trust is violated when a caterer, such as Scott Morrell, is even accused of violating kosher laws. Scott Morrell lays the foundation of unethical behavior by not paying occupancy fees that exceed over $1,000,000. Woodbury Jewish Center has directly experienced Scott Morrell’s unethical behavior, which then raises the question - What else has Scott Morrell done that is unethical? Out of the three temples that Morrell operates out of, it appears that Woodbury Jewish Center is the only smart one by severing ties with him to reduce any further damage that he will cause.
Jane May 03, 2012 at 11:53 PM
James, You state you are "unwilling to come to any conclusion" without knowing the findings. According to the Jewish Week Report, the President of Temple Israel, which is YOU “has thrown his full support behind Morrell.” Is this the American way that you are referring to?
sav123 May 16, 2012 at 08:37 PM
JD Goldberg....you are an utter ass. You have NO CLUE what you're talking about..... You are so wrapped up in this case ---- try getting a life and shutting your mouth. You make me laugh. All hersay my "friend"......you have no idea what you're talking about.

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