Friday, June 08, 2018

En Banc Rehearing Denied In Touro Synagogue Dispute

Yesterday the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals denied an en banc rehearing in  Congregation Jeshuat Israel v. Congregation Shearith Israel (1st Cir., June 7, 2018).  In the case, a 3-judge panel ruled that Rhode Island's historic Touro Synagogue is owned by New York's Shearith Israel congregation. (See prior posting.) Along with the denial order yesterday, the original panel filed a Statement explaining why it opposed a rehearing, and Judge Thompson filed a dissent from the denial of a rehearing.  Reporting on yesterday's decision, the Providence Journal says that Jeshuat Israel plans to seek review by the U.S. Supreme Court. [Thanks to Steven H. Sholk for the lead.]