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Orthodox Jews sue Florida condo board after worship ban

Posted: Friday, May 11, 2001

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) -- Orthodox Jews are suing their retirement condominium after its board banned prayer services in the complex's auditorium, allowing only political and social meetings and card games.

Most residents at Grandview at Emerald Hills are Jewish but only a tenth are Orthodox. The Orthodox say the board's ban shows intolerance by some non-Orthodox Jews.

''They say, 'You people,' (meaning) you Orthodox Jews, are taking over -- like we are not one and the same,'' said Linda Neuman, an Orthodox resident. ''A Jew is a Jew.''

Board members, all Jewish, say the complex is not zoned as a temple and residents have complained about worship in the auditorium.

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