More Criminal Damage To Jewish Boundary In Mahwah

MAHWAH – For the third time in recent months, a ritualistic Jewish boundary known as a eruv on a town utility pole has been damaged, according to a report.

The latest incident occurred Sunday in the area of Airmont Avenue and Masonicus Road, according to Police are looking for a middle-aged man and woman near a black Audi Q5 or Q7 with a New Jersey license plate starting with W26, according to the report.

In Jewish tradition, an eruv is a symbolic boundary, used in Orthodox Jewish communities, allowing activities to take place on the Jewish Sabbath outside of the home.

A Jewish group reportedly got approval to install the pipes from Orange & Rockland Utilities, which owns the poles.

Some residents and township officials have objected to the eruvs, claiming the ritualistic pipes affect their quality of life.

Over the summer, the township ordered a New York-based Jewish community to cease building the boundaries or face fines.

In August, the Bergen Rockland Eruv Association and two Rockland County residents filed a federal lawsuit against the town, accusing them of fanning the flames of xenophobia.

After earlier damage to the pipes, the township offered a $1,000 reward and Attorney General Christopher Porrino offered a $25,000 reward.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 201-529-1000 ext. 220 or email

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