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• A New Jersey state appeals court rejected an effort by concerned citizens to prevent a Jewish congregation from constructing a synagogue in their residential neighborhood. The congregation proposed to construct a 2,000 square-foot sanctuary with 120 seats and a parking lot with room for 20 vehicles. The congregation claimed that it had to construct its building in a residential area, since most of its members were Orthodox Jews who had to walk to services on the Sabbath. The 20 parking spaces satisfied the local zoning law which required 1 parking space for every 6 sanctuary seats. The neighboring residents conceded that the planned synagogue met the technical requirements of the zoning ordinance, but they argued that the ordinance was invalid since it did not require adequate parking for houses of religious worship. A state appeals court rejected the neighbors' position, and allowed ...

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  • September 3, 1990