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Jun 14, 2011 7:11 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Court Hearing On Symbolic Religious Boundary Now Set To Begin On Wednesday

Jun 15, 2011 1:03 PM

After several last-minute scheduling changes, the court hearing that will decide if a symbolic Jewish religious boundary can be temporarily set up in western Southampton Town was scheduled to begin on Wednesday afternoon in Central Islip.

Brian Sokoloff, the attorney representing the Village of Westhampton Beach in the matter, said Tuesday that he and other attorneys were notified on Monday night by the U.S. District Court in Central Islip that the start of the hearing on the preliminary injunction request had been pushed back from Tuesday, June 14, to Friday, June 17. However, Robert Sugarman, the attorney representing the East End Eruv Association—the group that is seeking the injunction—said he received a call shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday informing him that the hearing would now start at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Central Islip.

The hearing will decide whether or not the nonprofit East End Eruv Association, which has sued the villages of Quogue and Westhampton Beach, as well as Southampton Town, over their refusal to allow a permanent boundary, can install a temporary one. The proposed boundary, called an eruv, would allow Orthodox Jews to push and carry objects to temple during the Sabbath until the lawsuit seeking a permanent eruv is settled.

Neither Mr. Sokoloff nor Mr. Sugarman could explain why the hearing date had changed so many times. Both said the final decision was made by U.S. District Court Judge Leonard D. Wexler, the presiding judge in the case.

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