MAHWAH, N.J. — A New Jersey town has ordered a Jewish community group to stop building a religious boundary made up of white plastic piping through its town.
The town of Mahwah has 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.