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Congregation Kadimah Toras-Moshe v. DeLeo

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
540 N.E.2d 691 (1989)

Congregation Kadimah Toras-Moshe v. DeLeo


During a lengthy illness, a man made an oral promise to Congregation Kadimah Toras-Moshe (Congregation) (plaintiff) to give the Congregation $25,000. The Congregation planned to use the money to build a library in its synagogue and name the library after the man, and the Congregation allocated for the money in its budget to accomplish this project. The man's promise was never put in writing. The man died intestate without having actually given the money to the Congregation. The Congregation sued the administrator of the decedent’s estate (defendant) to obtain the $25,000. The superior court awarded the decedent’s estate summary judgment and dismissed the Congregation's complaint. The Congregation appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Liacos, C.J.)

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