Lawsuit Against New Jersey Town Modified By Rabbi


A lawsuit that was filed against a New Jersey Town by a Rabbi has been modified after the Rabbi accused the town of persecuting him over his prayer services, which he held at his house. The Rabbi filed his lawsuit against Freehold Township and has modified his lawsuit because he claims that the town is now meddling even further with his religious freedom.

Rabbi Bernstein now states that the town has defined his home as a place of worship and this puts him in violation of area zoning laws. The township passed a new law last month which defined his house in this way according to the Rabbi.

An official from a group that is representing the Rabbi in his legal battle stated: “This is a small group of Jews meeting in somebody’s home. If there are a hundred cars pulling up it might be some concern. But these people walk. It’s their Sabbath. They can’t drive.”

Officials from the township stated that although they worked with the Rabbi for many years they had to respond to complaints that were coming in from neighbors relating to the prayer services. One official stated: “As the activity got more intense at the house, we decided maybe the neighbors had something to talk about.”


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