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November 13, 2002

NJ Orthodox Jews get their eruv

A federal appeals court ruled that Orthodox Jews in Tenafly, N.J., may keep their eruv. In its decision Oct. 24 decision, the court said the religious demarcation that allows Orthodox Jews to carry items on the Sabbath should be allowed on the town's utility poles. Tenafly officials had argued that allowing the plastic strips on the poles constituted government endorsement of religion. However, the court said that by singling out the eruv, Tenafly was "selectively" applying an ordinance and discriminating against the Orthodox community. (The Washington Jewish Week, Nov. 7)