Rabbi Pinchus Feldman Stay . . . For Now

THE Feldman family will remain at Yeshiva’s Flood Street property for at least another week.

The Yeshiva Synagogue and Sydney Talmudical College Association (STCA) are taking legal action against property developer Harry Triguboff, whose company Meriton owns Yeshiva’s Bondi property.

Last month, Meriton contacted Rabbi Pinchus Feldman and several members of his family to say that their lease, which has been on peppercorn rent, for offices and the shul within Yeshiva would end and they needed to leave by April 20.

However, in a bid to prevent the eviction, Yeshiva commenced legal proceedings against Triguboff, a longtime Yeshiva donor.

In the NSW Supreme Court on Monday the Feldmans agreed to relocate their offices to the synagogue library to allow for renovation works to be undertaken on the site.

The court heard urgent fire safety works were needed. The court was told these works were “essential”, particularly in a school with children, and the Feldmans agreed for the works to be done without obstruction.

The matter will now return to court next week when a hearing date will be sought to determine whether the Feldmans have any right to remain in the premises.

There were heated scenes outside the courtroom between Pnina Feldman and Rabbi Dovid Slavin, who runs the Yeshiva, with Rebbetzin Feldman unleashing a tirade of abuse towards Rabbi Slavin.

In a statement, the boards of Yeshiva Synagogue and STCA said they are “committed to an early and amicable resolution of this matter”.

“Mr Triguboff has been a staunch generous supporter and advocate for the Yeshiva for many years and we are deeply appreciative of his friendship,” the statement said.

“We are committed to doing all that we can to ensure that this regrettable dispute will not stand in the way of a continuing respectful relationship between our institutions and Mr Harry Triguboff.”

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