Judge finds for Triguboff

In happier times at Yeshiva . . . Harry Triguboff (centre front) flanked by Rabbi Dovid Slavin on his right, Rabbi Pinchus Feldman on his left, and Rabbi Yaakov Lieder at the back.

HARRY Triguboff had a huge win in the NSW Supreme Court this week when Justice Rowan Darke ruled that members of the Feldman family did not establish their “rights of possession or occupation” to Triguboff’s property on Flood Street.

When Triguboff, a long-time Yeshiva donor, bought the Flood Street site from Yeshiva in 2012, some members of the Feldman family and their associated entities were given five-year leases of $1 per annum for parts of the property.

While the Yeshiva College and Our Big Kitchen will continue beyond the end of those leases, which end on December 19 this year, the members of the Feldman family, and their associated entities, will have to leave.

Rabbi Yossi Feldman and Yeshiva Synagogue, on behalf of themselves and other members of the Feldman family, asked the NSW Supreme Court to intervene.

They claimed that according to the agreement between themselves and Triguboff in 2012, as long as the Yeshiva College remains a viable school they can remain on the site, even after the expiration of the lease. But the court found otherwise.

Justice Darke ruled that, “Rights of possession or occupation asserted by plaintiffs [are] not established.”

Rabbi Yossi Feldman said that the battle is not over and he will continue to fight “until the very end”.

“Obviously it’s not a good situation for us at the moment, but all we can do is try our best,” Rabbi Feldman told The AJN.

“The court does not understand what Chabad is and we will appeal.”

In March this year Triguboff said he regretted giving Rabbi Pinchus Feldman a lease.

“It was a mistake to give him a lease,” Triguboff told The AJN. “I will never give him a lease again.”

Rabbi Pinchus Feldman told The AJN this week, “We are considering our options including appealing.”

JOSHUA LEVI