Midwood Rabbi Takes $3.4 M. Vow at the Rushmore

rushmore Midwood Rabbi Takes $3.4 M. Vow at the Rushmore

The rushin' rabbi.

It seems that we’re in the wrong profession. Although The Observer has long considered a career in rabbinical studies, we fully intend to pursue our religious calling after noticing a recent real estate transaction involving Rabbi Alvin Kass.

Rebbe Kass, who also serves as the NYPD’s head chaplain, and his wife Miryom have just purchased a sweet new home at 80 Riverside Boulevard in tony condo complex The Rushmore.

Dr. Kass has led the East Midwood Jewish Center for the past 25 years. . Perhaps the biggest difference between the rabbi’s current home on East 21st Street and his new one—besides being a glassy condo compared to a vinyl-sided detached home—is that the good rabbi will be paying for it himself. His current residence is owned by the synagogue, whereas the new one he is paying for out of pocket. It looks like the Talmudic industry (with supplemental income from the NYPD) pays well, as Rabbi Kass spent a full $3.41 million on the place.

It seems that the Kasses knows how to strike a deal. Although the four-bedroom, 3.5-bath condo was originally listed at $4.2 million, it had dropped to $3.49 million when the contract was signed, meaning the couple knocked $80,00 off before they settled. Mazel tov!

Perhaps the Rabbi is trying to work on his celeb connections (courting Madge and her kabbalists perhaps?), as The Rushmore has been a hot spot for hot shots from A-Rod to Robin Williams in recent years. Let’s just hope he does not catch the Evil Eye over here, as plans for a new synagogue by venerated real estate rebbe Joseph Pinto in another Riverside South complex have soured recently.

eknutsen@observer.com

Comments

  1. Zhe421 says:

    The article oozes with smarminess.  Perhaps one should consider that after 50
    years as a rabbi and chaplain (drawing salaries for both positions) and living
    within his means, he was able to save a sizeable portion of his income.  Consider that If he saved and invested 10% of
    his income over his long career he should be worth much more than the 3.4
    million dollars that the condo cost.

    Last time I checked, rabbis did not need to take a vow of
    poverty. Yashe’ Co’ach Rabbi Kass.

  2. Nat Mosery says:

     Mazal Tov Rabbi Kass and Mrs. Kass.  We are very happy for you!!! Enjoy your new place.

  3. Doceez says:

    he is a wonderful caring,and engaging leader.I’m happy for his success,and he certainly
    picked the right profession.