Melbourne rabbi to be tried in N.Y. court

A rabbinical court in New York will determine the fate of a Chabad rabbi in Melbourne, Australia who was dismissed from his post amid allegations of improper conduct.

A Chabad-Lubavitch spokesman confirmed that Rabbi Chaim Herzog has appealed his dismissal after he received an official letter last month saying he no longer has the authority to operate in the name of Chabad. The meeting with the beit din, or rabbinical court, was scheduled for this past week.

At the center of the dispute are allegations that Herzog was waging a “turf war” against colleagues operating near his Chabad house in Melbourne’s city center.

Herzog declined to comment. — jta