The June 30 ruling by Justice Joseph Farneti that proposed Jewish markers on utility poles in Southampton would be “invisible” has been called “outrageous” by Arnold Sheiffer, chairman, Jewish People for the Betterment of Westhampton Beach.
The Suffolk County Court decision June 30 calling on Southampton to allow an eruv Jewish boundary hinges on the word, “display.” It fails to acknowledge that eruvim are widely displayed on Synagogue and Google websites.
New York Supreme Court Justice Joseph Farneti ruled that proposed Jewish markers would be “invisible” on Southampton utility poles and ordered SH to allow them. Eruvim, once established, are commonly displayed on Synagogue websites.
Rabbi Yaakov Kermaier, spiritual leader of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue since 2003 and chairman of the Manhattan Eruv Committee, has permanently moved to Israel with his wife Elana, an attorney, and their four children.
The New York City Parks Dept. opposed creation of a West Side eruv in the late 1980s but “the mayor’s office [Koch] came down hard” on the dept. and the eruv went up, said Rabbi Saul Berman in a 2013 discussion that was videotaped.
Gadi Dechter, a former journalist and senior advisor for the National Security Council and National Economic Council of the Obama administration, has moved to APCO Worldwide to heads its public affairs operation in Washington.
The new board of Westhampton Beach, meeting for the first time last night, ended medical/dental benefits for trustees. It also heard 10-minutes by Jack O’Dwyer on the multi-million dollar threat posed by backers of an eruv Jewish religious boundary in WHB.
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