Florida Jewish School Sued Over Kohl’s Cares Contest


(JTA) — A school in Florida that nearly won Kohl’s national online contest has sued two Florida Jewish Day schools that did win, saying they reneged on their promise to help.

Abi’s Place in Coral Springs filed a lawsuit against Hebrew Academy Community School and Bais Chaya Inc. in Broward County, where all the schools are located, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

Abi’s Place, a school with 10 special-needs children, finished in 21st place. The school alleges in its lawsuit that the two Jewish schools ultimately did not help Abi’s to persuade people to vote for it, despite paying $3,750 for expenses for the joint effort.

Twelve U.S. Jewish day schools finished in the top 20 of the "Kohl’s Cares" Facebook contest that ended Sept. 3, each receiving a $500,000 prize. Eleven of the top 20 were Chabad-affiliated, according to the Lubavitch.com website. Three schools were eventually disqualified for irregular vote getting.

One of the disqualified schools, Yeshiva Achei Tmimim Academy in Worcester, Mass., announced this week that it would file complaints against Kohl’s with attorneys general offices in all 49 states where Kohl’s operates, according to the newspaper.