Update: Supreme Court Upholds ERUV Ruling

June 24, 2003

Source: North Jersey Media Group


On June 24, 2003 the North Jersey Media Group reported that "the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Tenafly's appeal of a decision allowing an eruv - an Orthodox Jewish religious boundary - that uses utility poles... The refusal to review a lower-court decision means that the borough must decide whether it will return to federal court in Newark or settle with the Tenafly Eruv Association... The move by council members to petition the nation's highest court was a result of an October decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. The three-judge panel overturned a U.S. District Court decision and ruled unanimously that the Orthodox community could attach black plastic strips - known as lechis - to utility poles, even though a borough ordinance adopted in 1956 forbids placing any object on a pole."