Friday, August 15, 2008

Eruvin in the News: Westhampton Beach, NY 9

Boos, Walkout at Hampton Synagogue Meeting on Eruv

By Mitchell Freedman

An effort by officials of the Hampton Synagogue to explain to their Westhampton Beach neighbors why they want to erect an eruv -- a symbolic boundary that would allow orthodox Jews to carry books and push baby carriages on a Saturday -- evoked catcalls, boos and a walkout by about a fifth of the crowd that filled every seat in the temple's main hall.

The Wednesday night walkout was set off at the start of the meeting when temple officials read some of the anti-Semitic responses on the Web site of a local weekly paper that had printed an article about the proposal. Read on...