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Menorah-lighting ceremony back on after disagreement with PSL Tradition community (FL)

A large private homeowner’s association changed its holiday Hanukah menorah-lighting cancellation.  Now Tradition property managers will allow a menorah lighting to continue after coming to a compromise with local rabbis.  Protests from those all over our area showed up on

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Is your Meeting Date a Human Rights Violation? (ON)

In 2015 I wrote about an interesting human rights complaint that had been started by three owners because of the date selected by their condominium and manager for the AGM. The owners claimed that they were discriminated against because the

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Lakewood condo owners sue over single-sex pool (NJ)

Since changing over to having a majority of Orthodox Jewish homeowners, a Lakewood adult community has restricted mixed-gender swimming times to two hours per day, Sunday through Friday.  Jewish law prohibits men and women from bathing together.  A group of

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Ocean County (NJ) Man Fined By Condo Association Over Swimming With Wife: Report

An Ocean County man is protesting a fine he received from his condominium association over violating its rules by swimming with his wife in the association’s pool, according to a report.  The Asbury Park Press report says Steve Lusardi, 69,

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Lakewood Condo Posts Rules Designating Gender-Segregated Swim (NJ)

The condo board in the predominantly Jewish community told residents it moved to designate gender-segregated swim times to accommodate religious and cultural beliefs. Under this summer’s policy the pool is open to women only from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.,

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Sexes separated at Lakewood pool (NJ)

Since changing over to having a majority of Orthodox Jewish homeowners, a Lakewood adult community has restricted mixed-gender swimming times to two hours per day, Sunday through Friday.  Jewish law prohibits men and women from bathing together.  Appeals by non-Jewish

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LDS Church request pits homeowners against HOA (AZ)

Some Anthem homeowners aren’t happy. They say their HOA, the Anthem Parkside Community Association, isn’t listening to them, and that what could be allowed to happen would “destroy the flavor of Anthem.”    Read the article………….

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Condo threatens $100 a day fine for wreaths (FL)

A condo association in West Palm’s Lands of the President development is threatening resident Donna Sozzio with a fine of $100 a day.  Her “infraction”: placing a wreath on her door.    Read the article…………..

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Punta Gorda (FL) woman upset over condo association’s decoration display

A Punta Gorda woman believes her condo association is treating her unfairly because of her religious beliefs.  Jacqueline Coleman has lived and owned her home in the Fountain Court condominiums for ten years. She said her condo board of directors

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Hayden (ID) man vows to fight lawsuit threatened over his planned Christmas display

When Jeremy Morris learned last month that his Hayden homeowners association may file a lawsuit to block his planned Christmas extravaganza, he fired back a one-word response: “Nuts!”  Read the article………….

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Compromise reached, Light Up Dunwoody (GA) to remain at farmhouse

Recent controversy surrounding a possible addition of a six-foot menorah to the property at the Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse caused the Dunwoody Preservation Trust to disallow any potentially religious symbol. Co-presidents of the trust said the mission to include all meant restricting

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Trust denies menorah, asks DHA to move Christmas tree off property (GA)

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association is looking for a new location for its annual Light Up Dunwoody event.  DHA president Robert Wittenstein said the organization is moving the annual holiday festival because the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, which owns the property where

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A Sukkot in an HOA

Why build a sukkah when there’s no time, it’s too hot, and you might get a threatening summons from the Homeowners’ Association? read more: Read the article……………

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New law protects right to hang religious artifacts in doorways (RI)

A new law passed by the General Assembly protects the right of tenants and condominium dwellers to hang religious artifacts in their doorways without interference from condo associations or landlords.    Read the article………..

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HOA says ‘bah humbug’ to homeowner’s holiday project (AZ)

And for six years, Skidmore’s Christmas Stockings Project has used her community clubhouse. Earlier this year, however, the Velda Rose Estates homeowners’ association decided to kick Skidmore and her friends out.  “The [HOA] president stood in the doorway and he

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Religion in the Community (TX)

Representative Matt Krause from Tarrant County has filed a House Joint Resolution, HJR No. 125. The bill proposes a constitutional amendment relating to a person’s free exercise of religion. It specifically states: “A homeowners’ association may not burden in any

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Sugar Land (TX) woman says HOA crossed the line

Last winter, Sugar Land resident Eleanor Burgess put an 18-inch decorative Christian Cross in her front yard garden as a memorial to her 92-year-old mother who passed away in December.   Read the article………

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Texas proposed HJR 215 (Religious Freedom includes HOA’s)

……….proposed bills are under revision in the State Affairs Committee to amend the Texas Constitution and strengthen Religious Freedom laws.  Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, proposed HJR 125, originally submitted as HJR 55 by Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas.  The bill

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Religious Freedom and Community Associations: How does the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Impact Condominium and Homeowner’s Associations?

In 1993, the federal government enacted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”). The purpose of the RFRA was to allow a person to avoid complying with any law that interfered with the exercise of their religious freedom unless there was

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Mezuzah restrictions, anti-Semitism, and the definition of a doorpost

Did you know that some condominium associations may have the right to keep a homeowner from posting a mezuzah at the doorway entrance?  It happened to Barbara Cadranel of Stratford, CT. In 2012, she received a stern letter from her

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Dallas (TX) Homeowner Again Suing Orthodox Neighbors, This Time Over a Sukkah

While Congregation Toras Chaim fights the city of Dallas for the right to operate out of a Far North Dallas house — and thus to continue existing — another peculiar legal tussle over the rites of Orthodox Judaism is playing

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Neighborhood synagogue cited by City of Dallas (TX)

It is a place that has divided this North Dallas neighborhood. The rabbi says the congregation has 10-12 Orthodox Jews who show up for morning and evening worship in the home every day. Rich also says about 30 people come

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HOA’s Case Against Dallas (TX) Congregation Tossed

A judge on Wednesday morning ruled in a case that pitted a DFW house of worship against a neighborhood’s homeowners association. The legal battle has been brewing for more than a year, and it ended with a ruling in favor

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HOA Sues Orthodox Jewish Congregation For Operating Synagogue In Home (TX)

A group of Orthodox Jewish families in a North Dallas neighborhood said that they are in a fight for their religious freedom.  The neighborhood homeowner’s association is suing the congregation of Toras Chaim for violating residential rules.     Read more………

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Religion in a Homeowner’s Association

America is engaged in a war of cultures. Almost daily there seems to be some crisis somewhere relating to religious expression. The tone of these cases is that religious expression is undesirable in the public forum and needs to be

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Opening Condominium Board Meeting With A Prayer Raises Legal Question

Question: How does the Florida Sunshine Law or other legal restrictions apply to a condominium association board meeting that would permit or prohibit opening the meeting with a prayer?    Read more……….

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Religious Discrimination in HOA — or sloppy developer-controlled board and manager? (FL)

As the holidays approach, homeowners will begin decorating their houses and lawns with religious objects – such as a menorah in the window, or a nativity creche on the front lawn. This is a time where disputes often arise between

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Kissimmee (FL) HOA lets couple keep religious statues

A homeowners association threatened legal action against a Kissimmee family who put a statue of Jesus and the Virgin Mary on their front lawn.  Stephen Guschov is an attorney representing the couple that lives in Shingle Creek Reserve in Kissimmee.

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Liberty Counsel Fights Religious Intolerance from Florida Home Owners’ Association

When Enock and Ines Berluche, homeowners at the Shingle Creek Reserve at the Oaks in Central Florida, were told to remove the religious statues in their yard or face “legal action,” the couple reached out to Liberty Counsel.  In a

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Controversy brewing over statue of the Virgin Mary in The Villages (FL)

A homeowner there said he has been told his statue is a violation of the Homeowners’ Association rules, so he’s taken it out of his front yard.    Read more……..

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Prayer flags bring hassle for Tibetan in Santa Fe

A Tibetan Buddhist has two small strings of Tibetan prayer flags hanging from the top of the front porch of his south Santa Fe home. When they blow in the wind, he says, they “are used to promote peace, compassion

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Court order allows Dallas (TX) synagogue to operate while lawsuit proceeds

An Orthodox Jewish synagogue will be allowed to continue to operate out of a home in Dallas, after a district court judge ruled Thursday against a temporary injunction that would have shut it down.    Read more…….

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Neighbors at odds over synagogue in Highlands of McKamy (TX) home

About 25 families meet for prayer and study groups throughout the week, but some neighbors aren’t too happy with it. One neighbor, David Schneider, has sued Congregation Toras Chaim in Collin County district court. That’s because services are being held in

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Dallas (TX) Rabbi Cries Anti-Semitism as Neighbors Try to Close His Living-Room Synagogue

A homeowner is suing his neighbor, a rabbi, claiming the rabbi is violating the homeowner’s association rules and lowering property values. The rabbi says his 3,700 square foot home in a far North Dallas neighborhood near Frankford and Hillcrest roads

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New Jersey and New York Condominium Associations Should Allow Mezuzahs

There have been numerous reports of condominiums making people take mezuzahs off their front door frames. These very small items are important for Jewish people and it is simply outrageous that an association would demand that this kind of object

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