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Nov 8, 2011 3:05 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Judge Denies Injunction That Would Have Allowed Temporary Religious Boundary

Nov 9, 2011 1:38 PM

Westhampton Beach Mayor Conrad Teller was more reserved with his comments, noting that the civil rights lawsuit is still pending.

“I would decline to say anything other than it’s a stopgap measure for the total legal proceedings,” he said of last week’s court decision. “This was only a request for a preliminary injunction—we still have a court case pending.”

Estelle Lubliner, a founding member of the Hampton Synagogue who also belongs to the group Jewish People Opposed to the Eruv, was happy to learn about the ruling. “We were the underdogs and we won,” she said. “The judge did the right thing and he followed the law.”

The issue has sharply divided Westhampton Beach since it was first introduced by Rabbi Marc Schneier of the Hampton Synagogue in 2008, when an application for an eruv was submitted to the Westhampton Beach Village Board. The synagogue later withdrew its application and, about two years later, the East End Eruv Association filed its own application that sought an even larger boundary.

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To bad west hampton is not working with the people from the Synagogue . A Eruv walk would help the town grow in a good way
By ranger (54), springs on Nov 8, 11 5:12 PM
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I think not
By Hambone (514), New York on Nov 9, 11 10:44 PM
You my Amish looking icon...do not know how to spell Westhampton. I deem you an infiltrator and you will be ridiculed on sight. Nice tie icon...get a cape like me.
By Hambone (514), New York on Nov 21, 11 9:26 PM
Too bad Throne-Holst doesn't understand what this ruling means. Litigation is not over and this is going forward...
By ex-pat (49), East Quogue on Nov 8, 11 5:17 PM
ATH really does not have a clue.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Nov 9, 11 12:38 AM
Please Ranger, tell us how an erov will help to bring this community together, it has already done so much to facilitate peace and harmony in Westhampton Beach, BTW- wasn't the synagogue's present location only allowed after variances were passed for a non-conforming use in an area designed for residentual use ? The synagogue just seems to keep pushing to extend it's influence ( and it's power ) in this community...instead of promoting harmony .
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Nov 9, 11 6:32 AM
Why is this sect bringing up the question? If the women want to push baby carriages on the sidewalk (where it is safer) then let them. If it is a question of their religious values then fight out in the congreation. I almost said church but thats not right here in this case.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Nov 9, 11 3:17 PM
Why can't the Rabbi in Westampton take a local map and draw out the boundries. Declare where people can walk and where they can't A simple solution to a complex issue. Eveyone is happy, there is no longer controversy. Seems that the end result is exactly the same. . Slowly and methodically, the separation of church and state is being eroded - not just by this faith but many others, mine included (baptist). If you think a stick on a pole is silly, try going eyeball to eyeball with an angry rattlesnake. ...more
By lazymedic (100), southampton on Nov 9, 11 10:54 AM
I offer the trees and poles on my property for a fee. Of course I'll make it like a maze where they just run around in unknowing circles like a corn maze. I have visions of being like Stork and leading the marching band into a dead end alley during the Faber town parade.
By Hambone (514), New York on Nov 21, 11 9:29 PM
“The judge duly recognized [that] the separation in American law of church and state is part of our nation’s fundamental and constitutional makeup. " ATH clearly has absolutely no understanding of this entire debate. Her talking points are embarrassingly simplistic. The judge made no ruling re: "Church and State", his ruling, as stated in the article, is based on town laws regarding signs and permits. To inject church and state into the argument is a great disservice to both sides. ...more
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Nov 9, 11 11:00 AM
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I agree with lazymedic. Enough of this nonsense of bringing the courts into your religious disagreement. The public streets are free to everyone.
I am sick to the end, of people trying to push their religious dogma down my throat. The courts have decided in a woman's right to privacy which resulted in Roe v Wade. And I say thank goodness. I am in complete disagreement with any man (and the southern men seem to be at the forefront here) telling me what to do with my body. I never thought I'd ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Nov 9, 11 3:31 PM
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Tis simple.

No one likes the rabbi, so offer town support if he steps down

The Rabbi's 'house' somehow got converted to a hall for large scale meals and festivities. Come into compliance with the town building code and you'll garner support.

I live very close to the synagogue...I gotta tell you, it's vacant in the off season. Show us the 'demand' that exists and it can be considered. Right now it seems like a handful of crotchety old men are making all the noise (see ...more
By Hambone (514), New York on Nov 9, 11 10:43 PM
One of the topics not immediately apparent and, therefore, not discussed is how private entities like verizon, and national grid, accept applications (and fees) to allow the ervuv to be placed on the utility poles in the first place!
The exist to transport power and electonic communications and are given easements along the right of way. Are the private business entities to grant permits then, for pole attachments not related to the intended purpose for which the public easements where granted ...more
By kelbas (30), Southampton on Nov 13, 11 5:15 AM