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Providence, RI - Lawyers in Touro Synagogue Bells Dispute Ordered Not to Speak with Media

Published on: January 12, 2013 08:27 PM
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FILE - In this July 30, 2009 file photo, visitors stand outside the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI., the oldest existing Jewish house of worship in the United States. A federal judge, in January 2013, told lawyers for the Touro Synagogue and for Congregation Shearith Israel in New York City, the nation's oldest Jewish congregation, not to speak to the media about lawsuits they've brought against each other. (AP Photo/Eric J. Shelton, File)FILE - In this July 30, 2009 file photo, visitors stand outside the Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI., the oldest existing Jewish house of worship in the United States. A federal judge, in January 2013, told lawyers for the Touro Synagogue and for Congregation Shearith Israel in New York City, the nation's oldest Jewish congregation, not to speak to the media about lawsuits they've brought against each other. (AP Photo/Eric J. Shelton, File)

Providence, RI - A federal judge in Rhode Island has told lawyers for the oldest synagogue in the United States and the nation’s first Jewish congregation not to speak with the media about lawsuits they’ve brought against each other.

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U.S. District Judge William Smith in Providence is trying to mediate a settlement between the Touro Synagogue in Newport and Congregation Shearith Israel in New York City. The dispute began when leaders of the nearly 250-year-old Touro Synagogue agreed to sell a set of Torah finial bells from Colonial times for $7.4 million to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Congregation Shearith Israel, established in 1654, says it owns the bells, as well as the synagogue.

Smith met privately with the two sides on Jan. 3 and told them not to discuss the case with the media, representatives for both sides told The Associated Press this week.

David DiMarzio, clerk of court at the U.S. District Court in Providence, told the AP on Friday that Smith has not entered a gag order, so the lawyers do not face formal sanctions if they speak. He said Smith is following court procedures for such cases.

“The whole purpose of the settlement process is severely undermined unless the parties maintain a certain level of confidentiality,” DiMarzio said.

Both sides have sued in federal court in Rhode Island, and Congregation Shearith Israel has also sued in federal court in New York.

 

 


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Read Comments (3)  —  Post Yours »

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 Jan 12, 2013 at 08:48 PM ChareidiMan Says:

The Judge in the Satmar fued should take a page out of this Judge's book

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 Jan 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM monalisa Says:

That's "feud."

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 Jan 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM Chaim Says:

Reply to #2  
monalisa Says:

That's "feud."

I prefer 'food'

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