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Sat Mar 31, 2012, 08:39 AM


US woman told to remove mezuzah – or get fined

A Jewish woman from Connecticut was told by her condominium complex' management company that she must remove a mezuzah (a small parchment scroll rolled up in a case that is attached to Jewish homes' doors) from her doorframe or face a $50 fine per day, a local newspaper reported on Friday.

Barbara Cadranel, 60, said she feels violated by incident. "I'm bullied and I'm saddened," she told the Hartford Courant. "It's changed my whole existence here."

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Following the incident, Cadranel, an internationally-acclaimed harpsichordist, contacted the Connecticut Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League, telling them that she had been approached by the California Condo Association and asked to remove the mezuzah. Cadranel was told that if she fails to comply she could face fines of $50 per day.

ADL's Connecticut Regional Director Gary Jones told Fox News on Friday that disputes between condo owners and condominium associations over the mezuzah "are pretty rare."

"The obligation to place a mezuzah on the doorframe or doorpost is a right in the Bible. Jewish people everywhere, including those in condominiums, post a mezuzah as a reminder of their religious obligations," he said.

'Not a decorative choice'
Cadranel, who travels often as part of her job, "doesn't have a real home," Jones said.

"For the first time in a while, she's had a place to call home," he added, "So it's very disconcerting to her that this would be an issue.

"It's not a decorative choice, or a choice at all when a condo association or anyone says that a mezuzah can’t be put on a doorpost or doorframe. Basically, they are telling the Jewish person that he or she cannot live there," he said.


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Response to jimmie (Original post)

Sat Mar 31, 2012, 01:54 PM

1. Sounds like the issue is going to end up in court

Given that the condo lawyer seems completely incompetent.

The condo's rules clearly violate the Federal Fair Housing Act.

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Response to jimmie (Original post)

Sun Apr 1, 2012, 04:55 PM

2. I'm wondering why the California Condo Association is in on this.

Considering that the condo is located in Connecticut.

And the attorney seems to believe that by-laws regardless of legality must be obeyed.

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Tue Apr 3, 2012, 10:02 AM

3. I hope that the condo owner gets in serious trouble for this.


This is completely unacceptable and this is how the Holocaust was started. By things like this. And since they allow xtian designs they are clearly violating Cadranel's rights as a person.

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Response to Gurgen4 (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 05:51 PM

4. "this is how the Holocaust was started."

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