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December 7, 2013- The NY Post is reporting that the synagogue that Sheldon Silver used to run is being sued over a real estate deal, “A Manhattan judge was slapped with a $25 million lawsuit for his role in the potential sale of lucrative property adjoining a landmark institution once run by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver…. Hagler took over as president when Sheldon resigned in 2010 following a rift in the congregation over women joining the leadership ranks.”
Regarding that rift with women in 2010, “New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver grew up in the historic Bialystoker Synagogue on the Lower East Side. He was Bar Mitzvahed there, and until last year served as the synagogues vice president. But many suspect he didn’t run for re-election because of the Orthodox congregation’s tradition of not allowing women to hold positions of authority. And now, that edict is beginning to cost the synagogue its members.”