Saturday, December 20, 2014

Chabad Rabbis At George Washington University Litigate Over Contract

Thursday's Baltimore Jewish Times reports on an unusual lawsuit just concluded in D.C. Superior Court between two Chabad rabbis:
“American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), et al. v. Yehuda Steiner, et al.” pits Rabbi Levi Shemtov, executive vice president and director of American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad), one of the most recognizable and politically connected Jewish leaders in the country, against [Rabbi Yehuda] Steiner and his wife, Rivky Steiner, the couple Shemtov appointed in 2008 as shluchim, or emissaries, to coordinate Chabad’s presence on George Washington University’s campus.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Neal Kravitz ruled on Monday that Rabbi Steiner, popular with students, was in breach of his contractual obligations that had previously been worked out between the two rabbis through a Jewish religious court. Kravitz enjoined Steiner from leading further Chabad activities at GWU. However, Kravitz also ruled that the non-compete provision in the Steiners' employment contract was unenforceable, leaving open the possibility that Steiner might move his outreach to D.C. students to nearby Georgetown University.