Saturday, August 28, 2010

Eruvin in the News: Westhampton Beach, NY 13 ― Anti-Orthodox Bias Rears its Ugly Head Yet Again

Westhampton Beach Village Mayor Expects New Eruv Proposal

Updated 8/29/2010 - 5:15 PM

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By Will James

A group has taken initial steps to put up a Jewish religious boundary, known as an eruv, that would encircle almost all of Westhampton Beach Village and the hamlet of Quiogue, as well as parts of Quogue Village and the hamlet of Westhampton, according to Westhampton Beach Village Mayor Conrad Teller.

The Westhampton Beach Village Board held a special executive session on Wednesday to discuss the possible eruv, a designated area in which Orthodox Jews would be allowed to push and carry objects on the Sabbath, activities that are normally prohibited on their holy day. In past years, an application by the Hampton Synagogue to create a smaller eruv inside Westhampton Beach sparked a political fire storm in the village. The Hampton Synagogue withdrew its application to the village in May 2008, and has not since reapplied. Read on...