Brooklyn Jewish school cancels trip over coronavirus, sues Miami Beach hotel for keeping $2.3M deposit

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A Brooklyn Jewish school says a Miami Beach hotel refuses to refund a $2.3 million deposit for a Passover trip that was canceled over coronavirus concerns, according to a lawsuit. A group of 1,200 teachers, students, and parents from the Magen David Yeshiva day school community booked a 10-day trip for the Jewish holiday in April at the Eden Roc Hotel that was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Miami Herald first reported.

But the hotel won’t refund the money the school put down to book the 621 rooms, event spaces, restaurants, pool, and other hotel facilities, according to a lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade circuit court. The school signed a three-year contract last summer with the hotel for the annual trip that included a cancellation clause for extenuating circumstances including for “disease outbreak,” in which case the hotel would have to issue a 100 percent refund, the court papers claim.

By Priscilla DeGregory for 
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