Last month, Bergen Rockland Eruv Association, Inc. (BREA) sued the Township of Mahwah, New Jersey regarding a dispute over the expansion of an eruv. According to the complaint, “[a]n eruv, under Jewish law, is a largely invisible unbroken demarcation of an area … created by, among other things, using existing telephone or utility poles and wires,” which “allow Jews with sincerely held religious beliefs to carry or push objects from place to place within the area on the Sabbath and Yom Kippur.” We previously reported here about another eruv dispute arising in Southampton, New York.
BREA alleges violations of the First Amendment, the Religious Land Use & Institutionalized Persons Act, and other federal law. BREA’s complaint is available here. Local coverage is available here.