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 Destefano ruled that the contract, extending through June of 2029, between Woodbury Jewish Center and Morrell Caterers — which also runs out of — doesn't have a proper termination clause in case of a breach. Despite the jewish center's claims that keeping Morrell on their property would harm their finances, it was not enough to go through with the eviction.

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," said Morrell Caterers owner Scott Morrell, adding that 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 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.

Representatives of Woodbury Jewish Center were not immediately available for comment.

Jane May 04, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Nassau County Supreme Court Justice, Vito DeStefano ruled that Woodbury Jewish Center could revoke Morrell’s license at will. The temporary restraining order to prevent Morrell from being evicted was VACATED. Looks like WJC won this round!


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