Seriously, some gabaim just kicked me out for no valid reason, someone else said that no gabai there has any legal rights to it, so who does actually own it?

  • I believe the title is currently held (or at least under the control of) by Agudat Chassidei Chabad. But am not positive about that. Jan 25 at 1:16
  • @yaacov interesting but do you know who is in charge of that itself?
    – Yayn Keel
    Jan 25 at 1:18
  • Who is “in charge” depends upon where in the building you are standing. According to this Wikipedia link, after a court battle (which is what I remember) the court awarded joint control also with Merkos l’Inyanei Chinuch. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/770_Eastern_Parkway Jan 25 at 1:26
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    The best advice in this circumstance is walk away. Every morning, just before the blessings for the Torah, we pray that G-d save us from all these types of conflict, whether with Jews or non-Jews. In this case, that may be dependent upon you having the maturity of character to simply rise above the conflict and walk away. Jan 25 at 3:51
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    There are literally hundreds of Shuls in the Crown Heights area. Many just a few doors away from 770. You have no “need” to be in 770. It is a “desire”, meaning a taiveh. One that according to you will likely lead to conflict or worse with your fellow Jew. That is certainly not what the Rebbe teaches. He emphasizes only to love your fellow Jew as yourself & that all Chassidim are to be considered family (literally). In choices between 770 (the pile of bricks) & Anash, the Rebbe was ready and willing to sell the building (literally). Jan 25 at 10:36

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Apparently based on the Wikipedia Article, the owner of the umbrella organization is Rabbi Abraham Shemtov.

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"In 2010, a New York judge ruled in favor of Agudas Chasidei Chabad, deciding over an ownership dispute between the organization and the Gabbayim of the synagogue housed at 770 Eastern Parkway. The court ordered the Gabbayim to deliver possession of the premises of 770 Eastern Parkway to Agudas Chasidei Chabad.[8]"

(source: Line, Chabad On (18 June 2010). "Aguch Wins 770 Shul". collive. Retrieved 16 April 2018., date: June 18, 2010 – 6 Tammuz 5770, excerpt: "

The Gabboim, representing Congregation Lubavitch Inc., were ordered to transfer the control of the shul to Agudas Chassidei Chabad (Aguch) and Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch, the central organizations the Rebbe established.

Kings County Justice Bernadette Bayne has ruled that the Gabboim “are ordered to deliver possession to Agudas Chassiei Chabad – the 770 premises including that portion of the premises located at 770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY used as a synagogue – within 30 days.”

And “are ordered to deliver possession to Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch Inc. – the 784-88 premises including that portion of the premises located at 784-88 Eastern Parkway NY used as a synagogue – within 30 days.”

Since Gimmel Tammuz 1994, the shul was in control of the messianic group in Crown Heights, proclaiming they believe that the Rebbe is alive on signs and banners and opposed mainstream Chabad attempts to hold their Chassidic gatherings there. Legal rights over the shul has already been granted to Aguch and Merkos by the now-retired Judge Ira Harkavy over 2 years ago. 3 appeals by the Gabboim have been rejected. In the court session on Friday, Justice Bayne scolded the Gabboim for not giving over the possession earlier.

“You waited for so long and have not done what you’ve been ordered to do,” she said. Aguch was represented by David Zaslowsky of Baker & McKenzie. Lawyers of the Gabboim said they will be appealing.

Thursday, in a last-minute effort to find a peaceful solution, Crown Heights Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba recommended to the Gabboim to come to a ‘Zabla’ settlement in a rabbinical court. They have refused.


There is also a similar article which mentions a second, more recent court ruling:

Court Confirms Chabad’s Exclusive Rights To Flagship Synagogue At 770 Eastern Parkway, from May 4, 2020:

"Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters is gratified by the decision handed down last week by the Civil Court of the City of New York, confirming exclusive rights to control and manage the synagogue space at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, to its rightful owners.

In her decision, the judge, the Honorable Harriet L. Thompson, ruled that “the Gabboim have no legal rights to continue in possession,” and she further stated that the “Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson determined the power and authority granted to the owners of these properties, not this Court. His intentions and only his intentions were made clear by granting full authority to the owners, through Boards of Trustees.”

In a profound statement, the Court added that “It is also clear to this Court that the Grand Rebbe was a brilliant man, full of wisdom, discernment and prophetic. The evidence supports the conclusion of this Court that the corporate structure of both corporations [Agudas Chassidei Chabad and Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch] was the legal mechanism that the Rebbe, with the assistance of competent counsel, conceived to maintain control and possession of all the properties including the control of the Synagogue. The Rebbe had foresight beyond his years.”"

it then cites a source of the original statement, which [as of now] is a non working link

I asked another Rabbi in Crown Heights about it, and he said its still in dispute in court, as it has been for 15 years, although I don't know of any sources that support that

  • I know Rabbi Shemtov many years and due to his health and age, I do not believe that Wikipedia article is up to date and accurate. It may be that Rabbi Krinsky has assumed those responsibilities. But he is also very old. That generation is passing the reins to the next generation (mostly their children). Jan 25 at 11:03
  • But that being said, like the Rebbe’s library, no individual owns 770. It is controlled and administered by the 2 corporations which have been assigned the property title. These corporations constitute the two primary thrusts of both the Rebbe and his father-in-law, the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, namely education and serving G-d. That removes it from the domain of the individual. This is also the essence of the court case surrounding the Rebbe’s library and the Chabad celebration of Didan Netzach. Jan 25 at 11:27
  • @YaacovDeane kind of, but every building has to have an actual owner or manager who has the authority to kick people out, in this case who is it, the gabais, or the heads of these organizations?
    – Raytshill
    Jan 25 at 19:56
  • If you are asking who specifically, the 2 corporations that hold the title to 770 have assigned to be managers of the building, I don't know. But it is important to understand that the Rebbe went to great lengths through civil courts to obtain a decision that states clearly individual ownership does not apply. This relates to the overriding concept of what a Nasi is. 770 was set up by the previous Rebbe & the Rebbe continued that. The brief outline of Aguch (the umbrella corporation) & Merkos l'Inyanei Chinuch (a corporation under the umbrella)... Jan 25 at 21:00
  • ... can be seen at the following link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agudas_Chasidei_Chabad Jan 25 at 21:01

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