Monsey, NY – Testimony began at a trial in which Ramapo wants to prove that a Monsey man was more of a landlord than a rabbi.
The nonjury trial in state Supreme Court in White Plans is over the religious tax exemption claimed by Congregation Sherith Yisroel Vilednik, and subsequently denied by Ramapo, for a house purportedly occupied by Rabbi Herman Oberlander and two men he described as associate rabbis married to his granddaughters.
Ramapo charges that Oberlander collected rents at 4 Roman Blvd. and that the building was undeserving of a tax break for religious reasons.
During his testimony before a Supreme Court Justice, Oberlander said the rents maintained the building. He said he lived there, as did Rabbis Abraham Fuchs and Shai Leib Tauber, who lectured his congregation.
He said he couldn’t recall the names of his granddaughters living in the house. After all, he said, he had about 100 grandchildren.
Deputy Town Attorney Michael Specht, asked Oberlander about an apartment at 168 Hooper Street, in Brooklyn, NY which Oberlander called an office where he lived years ago, also did Oberlander say that he has a condo in Miami, Flarida.
Specht quizzed Oberlander about multiple real estate corporations. “How many corporations are you affiliated with?” Specht asked. “More than you can count?”. Oberlander either responded that he couldn’t recall, or was not involved with them.
He said he was one of 20 partners in a 30-unit Brooklyn apartment house.
“Do you live in any of the apartments?” Specht asked.
“What do you call live?” Oberlander answered.