As the attorney who represented Congregation Shaare Zedek of West New York (“West New York shul wins court battle,” May 24), I wish to bring to your attention one very salient point. The “Yeshiva Gedolah Lubavitch” has no affiliation with the worldwide Lubavitch organization headquartered in Crown Heights, New York, which has generated thousands of Chabad houses throughout the world, to worldwide acclaim. The group involved in West New York misappropriated the name “Lubavitch” without obtaining any authorization from the World Lubavitch Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, and running afoul of a written directive issued by the Lubavitcher rebbe requiring prior approval from the regional head Lubavitch emissary in the jurisdiction in which a Chabad house or a Lubavitch institution seeks to be established.
In a deposition taken of the representative of the renegade Yeshiva Gedolah in this case, it was firmly established that no approval was ever sought or obtained from Rabbi Moshe Herson, head Lubavitch emissary and dean of the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, a position he has held in excess of 40 years. Nor was approval ever sought from any official at “770.” It was inevitable, therefore, that this venture, born of illegitimacy, was doomed to fail.