Everyone needs a paycheck, even if it comes from donations. They have to eat too. The thing is, they're in competition with synagogues and trust me, they do everything they can to get people to join them instead of a regular temple. But in many cases those that do realize that they made the wrong decision and come back, especially when it comes time for their kids to be Bar or Bat Mitzvah. We get the returnees in our temple and when the kids come in they know nothing and they need an incredible amount of tutoring to catch up.
I doubt many of the Chabad rabbinical students want to work in a reform, conservative or Orthodox synagogue.The beliefs of the Chabad Lubavitch are distinct and intense, and I can't imagine giving up such deeply held beliefs for a paycheck.BTW, despite dealing with a similar subject matter, the movie the Lost Boys is much better than Lord of The Flies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lost_Boys
@BubbyLeah.....the Chabad guy I knew told me they don't teach how to read Hebrew, a cousin of my wife's who had her Bat Mitzvah in a Chabad temple read in ENLGISH a passage from some book called "Women of Valor" and did nothing else and yes, the kids that come back from Chabad to our temple have NO knowledge of Hebrew at all.
A total of 4 arrests have now been made.
I wouldn't be surprised if everyone is still there. Years ago when I lived in NJ the Lakewood, NJ Chabad had taken over an old motel and used it as dorms. Don't recall if the electricity was on but I remember that there was no heat through the winter and the Chabad which ran the place didn't give a crap about the students living there. That place was finally shut down but it took about six months.
As per above link:
"749 remained dark for nearly a week, and around 20 dorm residents – most of whom are not registered yeshiva students – camped out in the downstairs Shul of 770.
Late Sunday night, December 20th, at around 2:30am, the lights briefly flickered on in 749. By the next morning, power had been fully restored to the Mikvah, and all the electrical panels in the building had been padlocked with signs stating that the electric was restored and demanding payments of $150 to $350 from each room depending on size.
Witnesses said that in the dead of night, at around 2:30am, two cars were placed around the manhole while they worked to illegally reconnect the cut service.
On Monday morning, a large Con-Ed crew arrived once again at 749 – presumably in response to reports about the illegally reconnected service – and made the shocking discovery that not only was the electricity reconnected, but that it had been done in an extremely unsafe manner, putting many lives at risk."
Yea, DOB is going to need to get control of the building through a court proceeding and then legally evict.
...such a move will allow the owners of the building to state they are not to blame.
"On Friday, inspectors with the New York City Department of Buildings, the Fire Department and uniformed police officers served vacate orders on 14 ‘rooms’ inside of 749 Eastern Parkway due to dangerous conditions with the buildings structure and overcrowding.
749 Eastern Parkway, an infamous address in Crown Heights that has been the scene of recklessness and lawlessness throughout the years, is owned by United Lubavitcher Yeshivoth and has been used over the years as a dormitory for students visiting from abroad.
In the last 20 years the Yeshiva slowly allowed control over the building to slip from their hands, and has reached a point where they admitted that today they have “no control whatsoever over the premises.” This stunning admission came after a student was viciously and violently assaulted, robbed and thrown from his room.
Over the years the building has fallen into a serious status of disrepair, which recently has come to the point that the building poses an immediate threat and danger to its occupants.
A recent inspection by inspectors revealed that one of the main exterior structure walls was bulging and that pieces of the building were falling out from around the window frames. In response the inspector served a partial vacate order for that part of the building.
Friday, building inspectors from the city entered the building escorted by uniformed police officers and fire safety inspectors and proceeded to issue vacate orders to 14 of the rooms. The orders were posted on each room and on the buildings front door.
Building residents have ignored these notices by pulling them down.
According to building department records reveal that 95 complaints were made against this building, with 11 of them still ‘open’, along with 158 major violations and fines."