Eruv controversy divides N.J. community
Jewish community boundary point of contention
Many communities around New Jersey and the country have permitted the establishment of eruvim, the wire boundaries-usually comprised of existing telephone wires-that permit carrying on Shabbat. But the eruv issue has threatened to divide other municipalities-those whose residents are, in some cases, fearful of an Orthodox influx into town. In Whippany, N.J., home to a Jewish community center, three synagogues and a Jewish mayor-but with a relatively small Orthodox population-the eruv, erected by the Orthodox community with the permission of local telephone and utility companies, has become a highly contested issue. It has been the subject of public town council meetings as well as letters to the editor of The Record in Hackensack. On Dec. 12 the town council voted 5-0 to have the eruv taken down.
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