Telles-Irvin informed Klein that Chabad House had not been following "university policy on alcohol consumption," according to Klein's email.
Telles-Irvin declined to comment on Klein's narrative Tuesday. NU spokesman Bob Rowley also had no comment, citing pending litigation.
Chabad filed a complaint in federal court against the University, stating Northwestern is discriminating against the Jewish faith by disaffiliating from Chabad, but not other campus organizations, according to Courthouse News Service.
Klein told The Daily he would not be discussing his email until after Yom Kippur, a day of atonement in Jewish culture.
Klein's roots in the NU community span nearly three decades. In his email, he recalled the "seven-year court battle" that brought Chabad to Evanston in the early 1980s.
Jewish students and members of the Chabad community said Klein's email caught them off guard.
“I couldn’t ask for a better campus rabbi,” said Evangeline Su (GWCAS '12), who has been active in Chabad since 2000.
Su called Klein a source of counsel and comfort for students during times of tragedy. During a Yom Kippur service Tuesday evening, Su said Klein asked everyone to pray for the safe return of missing student Harsha Maddula, a McCormick sophomore who has not been seen since early Saturday morning.