After over four years of fighting and litigation, the dispute over control of Congregation Ahavas Mosche of Crown Heights, popularly known as ‘the Maple Street Shul,’ has been settled amicably by both sides. On the day before Gimmel Tammuz, four members of the Shul have signed a letter of apology to the Shul’s caretaker of over 40 years, Rabbi Eli Blachman, and agreed to no longer seek control of or interfere with the affairs of the Shul.
Rabbi Eli Blachman has been the Shul’s President since 1974, when he took the position with the blessings of the Rebbe and Rabbi Zalman Shimon Dworkin, OBM.
Being located on the borders of Crown Heights, with mostly non-Jewish neighbors, was a challenge in itself. “I used to stand on the corner of Lefferts Avenue and Albany and beg people to fill our Minyan,” Blachman recalls. Upon finding bullet holes at the Shul in the wake of the 1991 riots, the Shul dedicated a room to Yankel Rosenbaum HY“D, who was murdered that August.
Nearly five years ago, a group of congregants challenged the legitimacy of Blachman’s leadership of the Shul, leading to a four-year dispute in both Beis Din and the New York State Supreme Court.
“The settlement was fittingly signed on the eve of Gimmel Tammuz, in what is surely a gift to the Rebbe, to see that a fight among his Chasidim has finally been put to rest,” Rabbi Eli Blachman told CrownHeights.info.Apology-Letter-to-Eli-Blachman_7824826_1-c