The Monsey-based operators of Camp Menorah in Woodridge have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing lawsuits by the camp’s neighbors.
Menorah Congregation and Religious Center at 9 Sophia St. operates Camp Menorah in Sullivan County and it has a January 8 hearing with creditors in the federal Bankruptcy Court in White Plains.
Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows a corporation to reorganize its finances.
David Z. Fortgang, Camp Menorah’s president, blamed litigation and the cost of building a drainage system for the bankruptcy.
In court papers filed December 12, Fortgang stated that the 65-unit summer camp was sued in 2004 by three neighbors in Woodridge alleging they suffered property damage as a result of the camp’s inadequate water drainage system.
The court ordered the camp to pay $571,470 in damages and interest and build a drainage system.
The camp finished its drainage system in 2009 and it appealed the court’s judgment, which is still pending, according to Fortgang’s filings.
The camp lists $1.9 million in land and building assets. Its liabilities including the judgment total $4.1 million.