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Staten Island, NY - Hasidic Jews In Staten Island Remove Eruv After Anti-Semitic Backlash

Published on: May 26, 2019 08:00 PM
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Staten Island, NY - An eruv, or symbolic boundary for Sabbath-observant Jews, was removed from a neighborhood on Staten Island.

The eruv had been put up on utility poles around the neighborhood by a group of Hasidic Orthodox Jewish residents. They removed it after other residents put up lawn signs expressing opposition to an influx or religious Jews in their neighborhood. The residents had not yet secured the necessary permission from Con Ed, Verizon, or the Transportation Department, Spectrum News reported.

The lawn signs, created by the Westerleigh Improvement Society, read: “Westerleigh Strong. We’re Not Selling.” They reportedly referred to Hasidic Jews from Brooklyn’s Boro Park looking to move into the neighborhood, the Advance reported.

The Orthodox residents have submitted paperwork to the local council to reattach the eruv.

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The Westerleigh Improvement Society said in a statement: “We are thankful that most of the Eruv has been removed, as it was installed without the required permission, required insurance, and did not follow standard or established details … We would like to call attention to the fact that we have a thriving community that we love, made up of folks of many ethnic and religious backgrounds, and welcome our new neighbors to assimilate with us and expect and insist that we all abide by the same laws and processes.  So far these normal expectations have not been demonstrated.”

Recent meetings of the society have included the yelling of “anti-Semitic comments,” the Advance reported, citing multiple unnamed sources.

An eruv allows Sabbath-observant Jews to carry objects, including carrying children or pushing a stroller, outside of their private property. Without it, parents of young children are confined to their homes on the Sabbath.

On Thursday, the Chabad of Staten Island synagogue building was spray painted with the words “Synagogue of Satan.”



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 May 26, 2019 at 08:28 PM NEW-NU Says:

They want Jews to assimilate. They don't care for Judaism.

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 May 26, 2019 at 09:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Staten Island is the only congressional District in NYC who voted Trump. Brooklyn , Manhattan, Queens, Bronx are all liberal Democrats where Jews are welcome. Before you thinking of Republican North Dakota, Alabama etc just think for a moment. Even in SI (NYC) where the Republicans are in control Jews are not w welcome like in the old MAGA days. No Jews or dogs allowed, No MAGA Never again.

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 May 26, 2019 at 09:13 PM Anonymous Says:

The anti-semitic instigators were undoubtedly long time Italian and Irish residents, who have hated all Jews for generations, and not just Chassidim.

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 May 26, 2019 at 09:47 PM Pint12 Says:

What would be the response if I posted on my lawn on 11th Ave in BP, don't sell to Chinese?

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 May 26, 2019 at 10:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Staten Island is the only congressional District in NYC who voted Trump. Brooklyn , Manhattan, Queens, Bronx are all liberal Democrats where Jews are welcome. Before you thinking of Republican North Dakota, Alabama etc just think for a moment. Even in SI (NYC) where the Republicans are in control Jews are not w welcome like in the old MAGA days. No Jews or dogs allowed, No MAGA Never again.

This has nothing to do with Trump. Many Jews who also voted for Trump. Maga does not refer to racial or religious divide but the opposite. Of the US being strong in the nations of the world by having a strong economy after the failure of Obama.
Staten Island also voted in a Jewish, democratic congressman.

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 May 26, 2019 at 10:15 PM Robert Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Staten Island is the only congressional District in NYC who voted Trump. Brooklyn , Manhattan, Queens, Bronx are all liberal Democrats where Jews are welcome. Before you thinking of Republican North Dakota, Alabama etc just think for a moment. Even in SI (NYC) where the Republicans are in control Jews are not w welcome like in the old MAGA days. No Jews or dogs allowed, No MAGA Never again.

Trump is most friendly President to Jews. You’re a moron this has nothing to do with trump.
Your guy evil obumer was close to anti Semite like most dems.

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 May 26, 2019 at 10:19 PM Normal Says:

If they made the Eruv tubing black instead of white no-one would be offended.

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 May 26, 2019 at 10:24 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

People are idiots. What harm comes from this custom? Who even notices it?

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 May 26, 2019 at 10:47 PM Democrats are anti religious freedom Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Staten Island is the only congressional District in NYC who voted Trump. Brooklyn , Manhattan, Queens, Bronx are all liberal Democrats where Jews are welcome. Before you thinking of Republican North Dakota, Alabama etc just think for a moment. Even in SI (NYC) where the Republicans are in control Jews are not w welcome like in the old MAGA days. No Jews or dogs allowed, No MAGA Never again.

Actually kapo scum westerleigh is solidly democrat in the solidly democrat north Staten island as is westhampton in long island solidly democrat where there was also a multi year eruv controversy brought on by leftists liberals.

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 May 26, 2019 at 11:05 PM LuckyStrike Says:

Reply to #8  
PaulinSaudi Says:

People are idiots. What harm comes from this custom? Who even notices it?

Perhaps, but they should have followed the laws not come in and bull doze like they own the place.

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 May 26, 2019 at 11:14 PM Pintleh_yid Says:

It's a gevaldik hashgacha protis that goyim are helping yidden be Shomer Shabbos. I think it's time that frumm yidden set aside convince and actually learn hilchos eruvin. Their is no way in the world for an eruv to be kosher without buying the reshus from the City. Baruch Hashem That this is finally being taken care of. Chaval that it had to bring us the chillul Hashem, but us Yidden are smart enough to learn from our mistakes. let's is follow the mitzvos b'hidur with Goan Yaakov and you will see the goyom respect us for that.

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 May 26, 2019 at 11:53 PM Anonymous Says:

I remember that the anti-semites in the Hamptons, including secular Jews, tried to stop a community of non-Chassidic Jews from erecting an Eruv. The Jews won, after going to court, as they did in other locations throughout the USA.

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 May 27, 2019 at 12:04 AM fat36 Says:

They did not get the necessary permission.So what does that tell you about this type of people

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 May 27, 2019 at 12:35 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
PaulinSaudi Says:

People are idiots. What harm comes from this custom? Who even notices it?

Only the virulent, latent, farshtelt anti-semite & the self depreciating Yid who wants to "fit in" with his goyish neighbors.

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 May 27, 2019 at 01:14 AM lazy-boy Says:

before putting up an erev, they have to get permission to put their wire on the con edison poles or risk fines....

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 May 27, 2019 at 07:13 AM fat36 Says:

Reply to #7  
Normal Says:

If they made the Eruv tubing black instead of white no-one would be offended.

If they put it up with the proper authorization maybe nobody would be offended

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 May 27, 2019 at 07:49 AM Normandavid1 Says:

Why make it without a permit??

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 May 27, 2019 at 09:05 AM yosher Says:

Ther is a HUGE Chillul Hashemin building an Eruv to comply with Hilchos Hotza-ah while ignoring Dina De-Malchusa. Also think about why people don't welcome us into their community. Is it all a thoughtless ant-isemitism? Should we say good morning to neighbors we meet on the street? Should we maintain our properties on the level of the community? etc, etc. In other words, is it futile to try to befriend and be nice in the eyes of a community?

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 May 27, 2019 at 09:23 AM commonsense99 Says:

This explains it all,
https://www.aish.com/j/mm/The_Thin_Jew_Line.html

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 May 27, 2019 at 10:05 AM Butterfly Says:

You have to follow the rules. You can not due just what you want to do. This is not not Israel. Criticisms are valid! Anti semitic yelling and screaming is wrong. So is spray paint garbage.

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 May 27, 2019 at 10:32 AM Speaksoftly Says:

Hatzna leches im elokecha- who thinks it's alright to to put anything on another's property without reshus? The law is on our side, it may just take a little more time to do it right. Chillul H-shem is something to be avoided at all costs.

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 May 27, 2019 at 10:53 AM Looney Liberals Says:

Democrats only welcome Muslims and illegals. They hate Jews. Jews are the essence of everything they can't stand in America.

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 May 27, 2019 at 11:01 AM Naftush Says:

Reply to #15  
fat36 Says:

If they put it up with the proper authorization maybe nobody would be offended

Or at least those offended wouldn't have a leg to stand on.

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 May 27, 2019 at 11:13 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #21  
Looney Liberals Says:

Democrats only welcome Muslims and illegals. They hate Jews. Jews are the essence of everything they can't stand in America.

Yawn... your constant anti-Dem rants are boring not to mention misplaced here. This has nothing to with any Dems. The eruvites put up the eruv without permits. That invites protests by the locals everywhere. Would you be OK with Sharia Law coming in and doing their version of an eruv by your house? MAGA = KAPO

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 May 27, 2019 at 11:15 AM Monseyer Says:

Reply to #10  
Pintleh_yid Says:

It's a gevaldik hashgacha protis that goyim are helping yidden be Shomer Shabbos. I think it's time that frumm yidden set aside convince and actually learn hilchos eruvin. Their is no way in the world for an eruv to be kosher without buying the reshus from the City. Baruch Hashem That this is finally being taken care of. Chaval that it had to bring us the chillul Hashem, but us Yidden are smart enough to learn from our mistakes. let's is follow the mitzvos b'hidur with Goan Yaakov and you will see the goyom respect us for that.

First off, the Staten Island eiruv is still intact. The eiruv was removed from a new neighborhood called Westerleigh, Neighborhoods like Willowbrook, Manor Heights and Todd Hill (where the majority of heimish yidden live) still has an eiruv.

Second. The Staten Island eiruv is probably the most hidduurdig eiruv. The neighborhood is surrounded by mostly fences. One side is the wall of the highway and the other side is the park and the university. They all got permission to put up the lechis as well. The new neighborhood westerleigh figured they could attach themselves without telling anyone because they knew thier neighbors. This is classic antisemitism!

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 May 27, 2019 at 11:18 AM enlightened-yid Says:

To call this antisemitic is insulting. I have family who live on SI in a diverse area with people of all backgrounds with no problems. When will frum Jews especially Hasidim start looking inward and learn how to live with other groups of people or ask the question why the resentment towards them? You can't move in to every neighborhood and abuse laws, codes and common decency. They put up Eiruv without approval and play antisemitism card when it doesn't work their way.
My family lived in Boro Park for over 20 years; not once were we treated as Jews of equal or even people. None Jews are treated as daily servants: no hello or thank you, or holding doors in an elevator while others do it for them. Traffic laws, sanitation and building codes are violated daily. People see and remember that. You forced out Italians from your neighborhoods and would never sell a house to a none-Jew or even a none religious Jew but flood other areas and act like everyone owes something but don't want to be part of those established communities that have their norms and follow basic rules.

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 May 27, 2019 at 12:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Staten Island also had the strongest turnout for Trump... Coincidence? I am sure there are a lot of fine people on both sides of this debate.

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 May 27, 2019 at 12:22 PM Aguttenshabbos Says:

Reply to #16  
Normandavid1 Says:

Why make it without a permit??

Because that's the
NY chassidish way of doing things. Next is, they'll try to flash some cash to some official or politician. Somehow, legal or not, moral or not, ethical or not, it will get done.

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 May 27, 2019 at 12:33 PM Aguttenshabbos Says:

Reply to #25  
enlightened-yid Says:

To call this antisemitic is insulting. I have family who live on SI in a diverse area with people of all backgrounds with no problems. When will frum Jews especially Hasidim start looking inward and learn how to live with other groups of people or ask the question why the resentment towards them? You can't move in to every neighborhood and abuse laws, codes and common decency. They put up Eiruv without approval and play antisemitism card when it doesn't work their way.
My family lived in Boro Park for over 20 years; not once were we treated as Jews of equal or even people. None Jews are treated as daily servants: no hello or thank you, or holding doors in an elevator while others do it for them. Traffic laws, sanitation and building codes are violated daily. People see and remember that. You forced out Italians from your neighborhoods and would never sell a house to a none-Jew or even a none religious Jew but flood other areas and act like everyone owes something but don't want to be part of those established communities that have their norms and follow basic rules.

Everything you said is bsolutely 100% correct. (Unfortunately)

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 May 27, 2019 at 12:43 PM george Says:

Reply to #26  
Anonymous Says:

Staten Island also had the strongest turnout for Trump... Coincidence? I am sure there are a lot of fine people on both sides of this debate.

Being in a different country I wouldn't know, but poster #9 seems to have a detailed understanding of "where" the Democrats are located that gives a different perspective.

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 May 27, 2019 at 12:46 PM Anonymous Says:

To: #25- Who needed the Talenas in Borough Park? They were not always nice to Yidden.

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 May 27, 2019 at 01:09 PM Democrats are anti religious freedom Says:

Reply to #26  
Anonymous Says:

Staten Island also had the strongest turnout for Trump... Coincidence? I am sure there are a lot of fine people on both sides of this debate.

Stop with your lies north Staten Island where westerleigh is located voted overwhelmingly for the machashefa wife of rapist bill. Every eruv controversy has been in an overwhelmingly leftist Democrat towns with the full support of leftist liberal Jews who hate the frum who vote for those JINOs in Congress who are overwhelmingly anti religious freedom. But since you are a kapo you will support the democrats no matter how anti Israel and anti frum Jews they become feh.

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 May 27, 2019 at 02:15 PM commonsense99 Says:

The main opponent to the Hampton eruv was a fat old embittered leftist gay Jew, our own kind of some of the biggest haters, Google Charles Gottesman

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 May 27, 2019 at 03:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #31  
Democrats are anti religious freedom Says:

Stop with your lies north Staten Island where westerleigh is located voted overwhelmingly for the machashefa wife of rapist bill. Every eruv controversy has been in an overwhelmingly leftist Democrat towns with the full support of leftist liberal Jews who hate the frum who vote for those JINOs in Congress who are overwhelmingly anti religious freedom. But since you are a kapo you will support the democrats no matter how anti Israel and anti frum Jews they become feh.

Facts. 98% of the Eruvmim in the United States are in Districts voted for Hillary. There are only one Republican district with Eruv. Next lie should be a little more believable.

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 May 27, 2019 at 03:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #31  
Democrats are anti religious freedom Says:

Stop with your lies north Staten Island where westerleigh is located voted overwhelmingly for the machashefa wife of rapist bill. Every eruv controversy has been in an overwhelmingly leftist Democrat towns with the full support of leftist liberal Jews who hate the frum who vote for those JINOs in Congress who are overwhelmingly anti religious freedom. But since you are a kapo you will support the democrats no matter how anti Israel and anti frum Jews they become feh.

Alabama, North Dakota,Louisiana, Wyoming, So Carolina, Mississippi, Missouri, West Virginia and the rest of the Trump voting Republican anti abortion States wont allow Eruv. There is none. Eruvs are in New York, New jersey, California, Boston and other SANCTUARY LIBERAL Cities where Jews have found SANCTUARY. Wake up and move to these Cities before its too late,

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 May 27, 2019 at 03:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #31  
Democrats are anti religious freedom Says:

Stop with your lies north Staten Island where westerleigh is located voted overwhelmingly for the machashefa wife of rapist bill. Every eruv controversy has been in an overwhelmingly leftist Democrat towns with the full support of leftist liberal Jews who hate the frum who vote for those JINOs in Congress who are overwhelmingly anti religious freedom. But since you are a kapo you will support the democrats no matter how anti Israel and anti frum Jews they become feh.

You are correct. There are no eruv controversy in North Dakota , Wyoming etc where Jews are not allowed. Try to pass one of those places with a car and wear a Yarmulke.

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 May 27, 2019 at 04:27 PM Reversi Says:

Reply to #30  
Anonymous Says:

To: #25- Who needed the Talenas in Borough Park? They were not always nice to Yidden.

Who needed the Yidden in Borough Park? They were not always nice to the Italians.

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 May 27, 2019 at 05:52 PM Anonymous Says:

To: #30- It was not the Jews in Borough Park, who would yell out anti-semitic epithets to the Italians, or proceed to beat them up, as it was the other way around, smart aleck.

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 May 28, 2019 at 12:12 AM nanachalberta Says:

Sadly no one seems to mention that maybe we should move to Israel . There no one will rip down your Eruv.

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 May 28, 2019 at 12:34 AM Reversi Says:

Reply to #37  
Anonymous Says:

To: #30- It was not the Jews in Borough Park, who would yell out anti-semitic epithets to the Italians, or proceed to beat them up, as it was the other way around, smart aleck.

They would yell anti-Italian epithets, not anti-Semitic ones, anonymous person who can't click "Reply".

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 May 28, 2019 at 08:50 AM HeshyEmes Says:

Extremists on the Right and on the Left have common ground on hating Yidden. But commenter #31 is being disingenuous by citing the lack of Eiruv in the Dakotas, and other heavily Republican States. There are no frum communities there, so no need for an eiruv; it's not the Conservative Trump supporters who are keeping Jews out of their cities; there is no infrastructure for a frum person to move there; I'm sure if there was a concerted effort by several hundred frum families to move to one of these communities, they would be welcomed (maybe not with opened arms, but welcomed).
How the twisted leftist Hillary supporters (who smiled and stayed quiet while Mrs. Arafat claimed Israel was poisoning Palestinian children) equate sanctuary cities, and killing babies (NY & VA just voted to allow 9th month abortions; not only can the baby be evicted from the mother, she also had the right to execute him if he comes out alive!) with loving frum Yidden (when in actuality they love Farrakhan & Sarsour) is beyond me.

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 May 28, 2019 at 10:12 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #39  
Reversi Says:

They would yell anti-Italian epithets, not anti-Semitic ones, anonymous person who can't click "Reply".

Ok, I used the reply button. I lived in Borough Park for five years, smart aleck, and I never witnessed, nor did I ever hear of Jews yelling anti-Italian epithets to Italian-American residents of Borough Park. There is no way Jews would do that, as the Italians would respond, using violence. On the other hand, it is a known fact, that certain ethnic groups harass Jews, with impunity.

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 May 28, 2019 at 03:43 PM Reversi Says:

Reply to #41  
Anonymous Says:

Ok, I used the reply button. I lived in Borough Park for five years, smart aleck, and I never witnessed, nor did I ever hear of Jews yelling anti-Italian epithets to Italian-American residents of Borough Park. There is no way Jews would do that, as the Italians would respond, using violence. On the other hand, it is a known fact, that certain ethnic groups harass Jews, with impunity.

I've been in Borough Park too and the Jews mostly talk behind the Italians' backs, but they yell at them too a little.

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