web analytics
June 30, 2015 / 13 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Dallas Rabbi Sued for Running Home-Based Synagogue

By: JTA

A Dallas-area rabbi who uses his home as a synagogue is being sued by a neighbor who says it has lowered his property values.

Rabbi Yaakov Rich told the local Fox affiliate Fox4 in a video posted Wednesday that his 3,700-square-foot home is a synagogue with about 25 members. A website identifies his synagogue as Congregation Toras Chaim, with the tag line, “An intimate space … Grow at your pace.”

The website also announces that the Liberty Institute, a conservative Christian advocacy and legal defense organization, has agreed to represent the congregation in the current lawsuit.

“We just want to have our religious freedom to be able to pray and to study in this house,” Rich told Fox.

David Schneider, who lives across the street from the home-based synagogue, is seeking $50,000 in compensatory damages from Rich, saying that the synagogue has caused a decline in the value of his home.

Rich asserts that property values rise around Orthodox synagogues because adherents have to be able to walk to their places of worship and will pay more to buy a home in the area.

Rich recently filed with the city for a certificate stating that he runs a congregation in the home at the request of the city, which can then ask him to adhere to city and state building codes.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

12 Responses to “Dallas Rabbi Sued for Running Home-Based Synagogue”

  1. There are always trouble makers.

  2. Nathan Katz says:

    Zoning wars are remarkably common.

  3. probably more about parking than anything else

  4. They have also attacked Christians that have Bible Study in their homes in the same way.

  5. If it was a LGTB group, the authorities wouldn’t dare cause a problem.

  6. David Schneider needs to get a hobby and a life. Anybody has the right to assemble and worship in their own home. 25 people may seem like a lot, but that's barely a block-party, and I doubt they make a lot of noise, so what's he really complaining about? Decreasing property values? Does he know how many people would trade their current neighbors for a well-mannered, kind Rabbi to move in? I use the term "lawn-nazi" to describe suburbanites that are overly fixated on the conditioning of their lawns and how their neighbors decorate their own homes, but this David Schneider may actually be a lawn-nazi.

  7. Edward Lobel says:

    If David Schneider had complained for other reasons such as parking or noise I could understand but bringing down property values is simply a bad reason and if you ever saw the Temples in Dallas you would understand that they do nothing but raise property values!

    Several of the Dallas area Temples I have seen are "palaces" and could easily be used as backdrops and sets for hollywood movies. Temples bring up property values as ignorant Christians think all Jews are rich and people want to live near the rich folks. Temples do not ring bells nor do they have a call to prayer. Temples are good neighbors and help out the communities they are located in!

  8. It happened in Portland ME, too. Americans are free to worship, study and assemble in their homes. Period.

  9. This guy is complaining because he needs to blame somebody for the loss of property value – what better then blame the Rabbi? He will now lose the suit, bt find something to do. I agree with one of the commenters – these zoning suits are common and often for quirky reasons.

  10. If anyone is to blame for the lowering of property values, it should be Obama!

  11. In Baltimore, homes within walking distance of synagogues tend to INCREASE in value!

  12. Charlie Hall says:

    ROTF! I guess he should be blamed for last week's snowstorms, too.

    The truth is that real estate values crashed in late 2008 before Obama was President and they've been creeping back up ever since.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Pro-Israel Group: Tell Chuck Schumer Not to Cave [video]
Latest News Stories
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

Remind Sen. Chuck Schumer that he said any deal with Iran must include “anywhere, anytime” inspections.

Malachi Rosenfeld HY"D

The four men were returning from a basketball game near the Israeli community of Shvut Rachel when Palestinian Authority gunmen opened fire on their car in what security sources believe to have been a premeditated ambush.

The funeral for Rabbi Yekutiel Menachem Rapp is to pass by 770 Eastern Parkway Tuesday at 3:45 pm ET.

The United States and the other P5+1 powers unsurprisingly have extended the June 30 deadline for reaching an agreement to supervise and limit Iran’s nuclear development program. The extension is for one week, until July 7. As The JewishPress.com reported here earlier this week, “deadline” has a different meaning in the Muslim Middle East than […]

Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, 25, lived in the community of Kochav HaShachar in Samaria.

“The PA message to Washington is they want peace. The PA message to their kids is killing Israelis is heroic. It’s time the U.S. figured out which is the true message.”

The agreement does not mean that Orange is leaving Israel, despite wrong headlines elsewhere.

ISIS executioners the past 12 months have murdered 3,000 people, including 86 women and 74 children.

The Tzohar rabbinic organization is focusing on how Anglo immigrants “fit” into Israel’s mosaic this summer.

PM Binyamin Netanyahu warned world leaders they must take a stand against terror in Israel as well.

Two US churches vote on BDS anti-Semitic motions today. One is to vote Wednesday. Millions could be affected.

Israel’s government approves new security fencing along its eastern border.

The father of a critically injured victim of Monday’s road terror attack in Binyamin asks people to pray for his son.

Some Chareidi men fishing on the beach, near the Ashdod port.

Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yekutiel Rapp, 66, is struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Crown Heights.

Jews in Ukraine are without one of their life-saving Hatzolah ambulances after an arsonist targeted the vehicle Sunday.

More Articles from JTA

More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas. The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood […]

New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called on the Jewish community to attend the funeral of an assassinated New York police officer. “The brave men and women of the NYPD risk their lives every day to protect us. We value them and stand with them,” Hikind, a Democrat who represents Brooklyn, said in a statement […]

“Move Jew” scrawled on a Philadelphia home and slurs written on a synagogue and 10 garages in Chicago.

The Nazis nearly destroyed the 17th synagogue.

Cuba has “the largest pool of untapped baseball talent in the world, and Major League Baseball may tap and leave Cuba dry.

Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez has accepted an official Jewish godson for the first time in the country’s history to help counter legend of death to a seventh son. She described in seven tweets her meeting with her new godson, Yair Tawil, a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch family. He was adopted as a godson under a […]

A fundraising campaign started quietly by two first graders two years ago to help find a cure for a rare genetic disease just passed the $1 million mark.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/dallas-rabbi-sued-for-running-home-based-synagogue/2014/02/06/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: