Agudath Israel Of America Speaks Out Against Move To Block Eruvs In New Jersey Towns

Hundreds attended the Mahwah Township Council meeting Thursday (NorthJersey)
Iletters to the mayors of two New Jersey towns, Agudath Israel Executive Vice President Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel expressed “deep concern” about the order to remove an “eruv” that had been constructed (with permission) on telephone and utility line poles to enable observant Jewish residents to carry objects outside of their homes on the Jewish Sabbath. The towns have argued that the plastic strips on utility poles are “signs” and violate the local zoning ordinances, but Rabbi Zwiebel asserted that “what opponents of the eruv are troubled by is not the presence of unobtrusive plastic strips on utility poles, but by the continued growth of the Orthodox Jewish community. The fact that so many of those opponents make no effort to hide their hatred is shocking and should not be tolerated.”

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel (VIMEO)

Yehudah Buchweitz, an attorney at Weil Gotshal & Manges, included several of the many disturbing online comments in a letter he sent to the mayors of the townships on behalf of the organization promoting the eruv.

  • “They are clearly trying to annex land like they’ve been doing in Occupied Palestine. Look up the satanic verses of the Talmud and tell me what you see.”
  • “I don’t want my town to be gross and infested with these nasty people.”
  • “I do not want these things coming into my town and ruining it.”

Following a contentious meeting in Mahwah last week which brought out more than 600 residents, several eruv pipes were vandalized and one person was arrested.

Agudath Israel’s New Jersey Director Rabbi Avi Schnall condemned the vandalism, but expressed his willingness to work with the mayors of the affected towns. “Currently, the only sign we see is the one emanating from some township residents that religious bigotry is welcome, but Orthodox Jews are not! We hope to work with the townships officials to reduce the hateful rhetoric and protect the religious liberty of all residents.”

During a very similar debate fifteen years ago, regarding an eruv in Tenafly which was ultimately decided in favor of the eruv supporters, Agudath Israel submitted an amicus curiae brief and has been involved in other cases since then.




  1. I simply want to mention I’m all new to blogging and site-building and certainly liked you’re page. Almost certainly I’m planning to bookmark your website . You really come with awesome well written articles. Appreciate it for sharing your web site.

  2. Great items from you, man. I have bear in mind your stuff prior to and you are just extremely wonderful. I actually like what you’ve bought right here, really like what you’re stating and the way in which wherein you are saying it. You’re making it enjoyable and you continue to care for to stay it smart. I cant wait to read far more from you. That is actually a great site.

  3. Hi there! I know this is kinda off topic however , I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa? My site discusses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other. If you’re interested feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Awesome blog by the way!

  4. Can I just say what a aid to search out somebody who actually is aware of what theyre talking about on the internet. You positively know the way to deliver a difficulty to mild and make it important. Extra people have to learn this and perceive this facet of the story. I cant believe youre not more standard because you positively have the gift.

  5. I have seen loads of useful elements on your web-site about desktops. However, I have got the judgment that laptop computers are still more or less not powerful adequately to be a good choice if you frequently do jobs that require a lot of power, for instance video editing. But for world-wide-web surfing, statement processing, and most other typical computer functions they are perfectly, provided you do not mind the screen size. Thank you sharing your ideas.

  6. I got what you intend, appreciate it for putting up.Woh I am happy to find this website through google. “Delay is preferable to error.” by Thomas Jefferson.

  7. Thank you for sharing superb informations. Your web-site is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this web site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for extra articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the information I already searched everywhere and simply could not come across. What an ideal website.

  8. I’m so happy to read this. This is the type of manual that needs to be given and not the accidental misinformation that’s at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this greatest doc.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here