Mahwah orders orthodox Jews to remove pipe ‘boundary’ around town
MAHWAH — A portion of the local Jewish community has been ordered to stop building a religious boundary made up of white plastic piping through its town.
Township officials have told the South Monsey Eruv Fund to stop installing white PVC pipe on utility poles. Some Orthodox Jews consider the "eruv" (A-roov) boundary markers as being needed to allow them to do things like carry keys and push strollers on the Sabbath.
The New York religious community was given the OK to post the piping by the utility company that owns the poles, but the town says that they are considered signs and not allowed.
The "eruv" was to span 26 miles in Mahwah, across the border from New York.
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