Journal News 10/2/16: Auctioned Reform Temple in ER to Become Satmar School

Auctioned Reform temple to become Satmar school

The property was auctioned off in June.

RAMAPO – The former Temple Beth El property on Viola Road has been sold to the United Talmudical Academy of Monsey, a Satmar organization.Once a focal point of Reform Judaism in Rockland, the property at 415 Viola Road in the unincorporated section of the Town of Ramapo was auctioned off in June.

More than 100 prospective buyers expressed interest in the 32,000-square-foot building on a 5.6 acre lot, and four bidders filed their bids at or above $8 million, said Joshua Olshin, managing partner for AuctionAdvisors, which administered the auction.

The winning bid, $9.196 million, was “very far in excess of expectation,” Olshin said.

Olshin didn’t make the winning bidder’s name available immediately after the auction, saying the sale was pending approval from the state Attorney General’s Office. Such approval was necessary to finalize the sale because the owner of the property, the Reform Temple of Rockland, is a non-profit organization, Olshin said at that time. The Attorney General’s Charities Bureau is responsible for supervising charitable organizations.

The state agency approved the sale last week, and the transaction was recorded with the Rockland County Clerk’s Office on Tuesday.

The buyer, United Talmudical Academy, has been running schools in Spring Valley and Ramapo, as well as in the village of Kiryas Joel and in Brooklyn.

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