Friday, October 12, 2018

Rabbi Sues Condo Association For Religious and Disability Accommodations

Jersey Shore Online reports on a lawsuit filed yesterday in New Jersey federal district court by a retired Orthodox rabbi against his condominium association claiming religious and disability discrimination. Rabbi Philip Lefkowitz moved to the Jackson, NJ senior living community with his two sons in 2016.  All three are confined to wheelchairs because of complications from diabetes. Lefkowitz seeks permission to build a Sukkah -- a temporary structure for the Fall holiday of Sukkot-- that is larger than the association bylaws permit in order for the structure to be wheelchair accessible. He is also asking that a path be built between the sidewalk and a nearby gate that is currently kept locked.  He wants the gate equipped with a Sabbath-accessible lock so he and his sons can get to religious services.