Baltimore, MD - State Stepping in on Shabbas Elevator Squabble
Baltimore, MD - The Maryland Commission on Human Relations last week served an order to the board of directors at Strathmore Tower in Upper Park Heights to refrain from removing programming features for the condominium buildingâ€™s Sabbath elevator until the completion of an investigation, according to residents there.
The order was issued after the board, which was elected in late 2009, voted Jan. 19 to remove the software and hardware of the Shabbat elevator, according to residents Yosef Kaner and Paula Weinstein.
The elevator, which was retrofitted last year to accommodate Sabbath-observant residents, has been a major source of contention for the past three years at Strathmore Tower, particularly between Orthodox residents and some of their elderly African-American neighbors.
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