Monday, August 14, 2017

Suit Seeks To Protect Eruv In New Jersey Township

A suit was filed last week in New Jersey federal district court against the Township of Mahwah, NJ, seeking to prevent its use of a zoning ordinance that prohibits signs on utility poles as a basis to require Orthodox Jews to dismantle an eruv that was set up in a portion of the township.  The eruv, created by agreement with the local utility company, makes use of lechis (thin plastic pipes) on utility poles.  The complaint (full text) in Bergen Rockland Eruv Association, Inc. v. Township of Mahwah, (D NJ, filed 8/11/2017), contends that the township's enforcement actions target the Orthodox Jewish community's exercise of religion, and thus violates the 1st and 14th Amendments as well as RLUIPA. reports on the lawsuit. [Thanks to Steven A. Sholk for the lead.]