Orthodox Jews Face Prejudice In New Jersey Town

May 9, 2001

Source: The Record

On May 9, 2001, The Record reported that Judge William G. Bassler at the federal courthouse in Newark decided that the Tenafly Council voted against allowing Orthodox Jews to maintain an eruv both as "an act of discrimination that stripped Tenafly's Orthodox Jews of their right to religious freedom" and to "uphold its municipal ordinance...Bassler instructed both sides to consider case law that classified utility poles as a 'non-public forum.'...Bassler also asked the attorneys to consider relevant case law that applies when a government body has 'mixed motivations' for denying religious expression in a non-public forum...Bassler continued the temporary restraining order that leaves the eruv in place until the case is resolved."