Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Jewish group files federal suit against Suffern

A Monsey health-service agency is suing the village so it can continue to operate at its current location and shelter Orthodox Jews during the Sabbath and religious holidays.

In a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in White Plains, Bikur Cholim charged that the village, by citing the nonprofit organization for illegal use of a single-family home, was violating the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, or RLUIPA.

Since the organization purchased the Hillcrest Road home as a Shabbos House last year, it has received numerous citations from the village, Nanuet attorney Paul Savad, who is representing Bikur Cholim, said yesterday.

The group offers a respite to Orthodox Jews visiting family at Good Samaritan Hospital on the Sabbath, when they are forbidden to drive, he said.

"We're not seeking monetary compensation. We're only asking for the right to exist in the village of Suffern and to service the people of the Jewish faith," he said.


I recall the Shabbos house existed in Good Samaritan Hospital for a time. Why were we kicked out? We existed in Good Samaritan. Why purchase a residence? Foolishness on part of Bikur.


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