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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Another Day, Another Dispute

Interesting article in NY Mag about a Lubavitch Rabbi, Rabbi Rafe Konikov, and his attempts to start a shul in the blue-blood bastion of Southampton. I feel like every week there's another shul or yeshiva in the news, over trying to build amid outcry from their non-Jewish or non-Orthodox neighbors. I can see the neighbors' arguments, but the story clearly describes the street that the Rabbi is building on as a busy one. One neighbor, who has voiced some of the most vocal opposition, lives much closer to a gas station than to the proposed "Shteeble". Most absurd complaint by the neighbors about the shul (among a litany of them):
One lawyer for the plaintiffs mentions “restaurant service” that took place at the Chabad in April.

“A seder?!” Chani Konikov yelps, incensed.
Another is the neighbors' complaint that the shul has been disturbing the peace by using a PA system for prayers - on Shabbos. Obviously, there is plenty of misunderstanding to go around here. We'll see how this resolves.


Blogger BBJ said...

The shul down the street from my mother is applying for a permit to redo the building.

My favorite comment reported back from the block meeting in regards to this was the woman worried that people would come in tour buses to see the new shul, and disrupt the neighborhood.

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Blogger Lawyer-Wearing-Yarmulka said...

Reminds me of the time that neighbors were complaining about a shul that only had a minyan for Shabbos. Still they were complaining about all the cars that would show up. Seems the neighbor thought that Orthodox Jews are allowed to drive to shul when it's far away or raining.

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