Thursday, December 12, 2013

Lawsuit filed against Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel over gender-segregated park 

The Hasidic community is allegedly refusing to disclose

A civil liberties group that says a Hasidic Jewish village may be segregating genders in a municipal park and violating the U.S. Constitution has gone to court trying to get records from the community in upstate New York.

The New York Civil Liberties Union says Wednesday officials in the Satmar village of Kiryas Joel have rejected Freedom of Information Law requests for records about the park's funding and operation, leaving open the question of whether public money was illegally used for a facility where the genders are separated.

The NYCLU has asked an Orange County court to order the village to release a range of documents.

According to court papers, a village lawyer says the documents don't exist and it has no information about the park. Kiryas Joel is 48 miles north of New York.


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