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Temple party issues heat up in courtroom

Jewish Center seeks caterer’s eviction

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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:56 am, Thu Oct 3, 2013.

The Rockwood Park Jewish Center got a restraining order issued last week against it’s caterer, which it accuses of holding wild parties on weekends without the temple’s knowledge in an event hall at the Howard Beach synagogue, located at 157th Avenue and 84th Street.

Gary Rosen, the lawyer for the temple, filed a suit against the caterer J&M Catering, which does business as Crown Royale, accusing the caterer’s owners, Joshua and Myron Gurell, of fraud for allowing the parties to go on without the center’s consent or knowledge on several occasions in 2012 and 2013.

On Sept. 7, neighbors reported another party at the center that allegedly went well into the night and led to a ruckus spilling over into the neighborhood, a problem that occurred after several past parties there. One neighbor said a woman urinated on his front lawn after leaving the party.

A man who answered the phone at the caterer’s number claimed there was no party at the center on Sept. 7, but sources from the NYPD and Community Board 10 both said they received complaints from neighbors about a party that night and at least four residents have confirmed that they witnessed the party.

Rosen brought evidence of the Sept. 7 party to a State Supreme Court judge last week to seek a restraining order against the caterer that would allow it to be evicted and its contract with the synagogue — which dates to 2005 — to be voided if the caterer holds another party without the temple’s knowledge.

Rosen added he still will go to court to get the caterers evicted from the temple permanently even if another party isn’t held.

One neighbor, who lives across the street from the Jewish Center and witnesse multiple parties going on there for more than a year, reacted positively to the news the synagogue is suing the caterer.

“I’m really glad to hear they’re taking some kind of action,” the neighbor said.

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