Lauderdale Condo Bans Religious Symbol on DoorpostsThe fact that, despite the bylaws being quoted, wreaths are allowed while mezzuzahs are not does seem to smack of discrimination. As you'd expect, the Anti-Defamation League has been called in, and has decided to take a soft approach.
Laurie Richter says Jewish law requires her to attach a mezuzah to her doorpost.
But the board that runs The Port condominium, in the 1800 block of Southeast 17th Street, says displaying the 5-inch-long case with a religious message inside violates the condo documents and has ordered it removed.
Because wreaths were allowed on doors during Christmas, Richter accuses her board of discrimination.
"I don't want to be causing any rifts here so Christians can't hang wreaths, but it seems the rights of Jewish people are being violated because Christians don't have to hang wreaths but we have to hang mezuzahs," she said.
The association that runs the 16-story, 129-unit condo cites the bylaws that prohibit owners and occupants from attaching, hanging, affixing or displaying anything on the exterior walls, doors, balconies, railings and windows of the building.
She has demanded the Anti-Defamation League take action, but Art Teitelbaum, its Miami-based southern area director, suggested the two sides work together.If this issue can be resolved without making a big deal out of the whole issue, that of course would be best.
"It's clear from daily experience in Broward County condos that this is an issue that is resolvable without causing bruised feelings or any diminishing of the quality of life in condos," he said.
I wonder if they have an eruv in the area?
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