Hampton Synagogue Rabbi Schneier's Eruv Plan Angers Westhampton Beach Jews

The Independent reports:
Eruv Controversy Escalates in Village
By Lisa Finn

A symbolic border has ripped the usually peaceful village of Westhampton Beach apart.

The anger was well illustrated on Sunday at a meeting organized by the Jewish People Opposed to the Eruv. An eruv is an invisible boundary that allows Orthodox Jews to carry children and belongings on the Jewish Sabbath.

Tensions have been escalating since February after an application was submitted by Rabbi Marc Schneier of the Hampton Synagogue for the creation of an eruv in the village.

Led by Arnold Sheiffer, founder and head of the JPOE, the event was the group's second gathering as members sought to discuss its mission and further explain why they are opposed to the eruv.

There were rumors circulating that Schneier may own the synagogue itself and thus would benefit from a swell of incomers on the Sabbath. If he did own it, asked one individual, how would it be possible for the synagogue to receive tax exemptions and other benefits received by houses of worship?

The question, said Scheiffer, is under investigation....more

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