Fort Lauderdale, FL - Residents Complain Against the Attraction Caused by Tosh'a Rabbi
Residents complained in emails to Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom that scores of people have religious meetings at the home that involve stomping and noise. They say a Hasidic Jewish Sect, The Tosh, from Montreal, Canada, has moved there.
“There is no doubt in our minds that the Rabbi is a very spiritual man,’’ resident Larry Eskesen wrote to his commissioner, “ … but does he have to be spiritual so noisily?’’
The city is taking a cautious approach to this, citing what happened to Hollywood in 2005, City Attorney Harry Stewart said.
“We see it as not too dissimilar from the altercation that Hollywood got into with the Chabad,’’ Stewart said. “The Chabad is still there and Hollywood got tagged for $2 million.’’
Federal law dictates that cities treat religious groups as they treat any other group. For example, if the Boy Scouts can meet in Victoria Park, then so can members of a religious organization. Houses of worship aren’t allowed in the Victoria Park neighborhood, but a residential home where religious meetings occasionally occur would be OK, Stewart said.
The city looked into allegations of parking and garbage code violations, and found none, he said.
Rodstrom advised the neighborhood president, Ted Fling, in an email Tuesday that the city “welcomes the diversity of all of our residents and guests’’ and had found no evidence of code violations at the house at 417 11th Ave.
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