Orthodox Jews’ Request Divides a Resort Village
By Joseph Berger
WESTHAMPTON BEACH - “Is Westhampton Beach an Orthodox Jewish Community?” the full-page newspaper advertisement asked in boldface type. Then it answered: “No it’s a secular, open Village with a proud history of welcoming All faiths. The erection of an eruv will proclaim us as an Orthodox Jewish community for all time. Don’t let it happen.”
Just a few months ago, the response to such an advertisement might have included not just outrage or applause but also a question: “What is an eruv?” Read on...