JPOE Legal Activities

  • April 6, 2013 – At the Southampton Town Zoning Board Meeting, Jonathan Sinnreich, attorney for JPOE, represented the argument against the eruv as held by JPOE and it’s members PDF attached.
  • February 4, 2013 – Federal Court dismissed the case of JPOE against the Village of Westhampton Beach, East End Eruv Association, Verizon, LIPA, et.al.
    • This decision will be appealed.
  • July 30, 2012 – JPOE Files Complaint in US District Court against the Village of WHB, East End Eruv Association, LIPA, Verizon

    The governmental entities, including LIPA and Verizon, are endorsing and giving preferential treatment to the afront of other varying religious beliefs within Judaism and other religious practices.

    The ERUV is a religious symbol conveying a specific message and it serves no secular purpose. Rather, it is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the:

    • First Amendment because: It is a governmental endorsement of one particular form of religious practice;
    • It reflects governmental discrimination between religions;
    • It reflects governmental preference for a particular form of religion or practice;
    • It is coercive in nature to those who do not share the views of the endorsed religious practice; and
    • It is an excessive entanglement between governmental entities and religion.
  • JPOE hired the well known Suffolk County firm of Sinnreich Kosakoff & Messina.

    Sinnreich Kasadoff & Messina
    267 Carleton Avenue, Suite 301
    Central Islip, NY 11722

    Jonathan Sinnreich, Founding Partner

  • We are also very appreciative of Margaret Farrell, Esq. who has offered JPOE pro bono assistance and is working with Jonathan Sinnreich.
  • JPOE has filed with courts asking for intervention in legal actions regarding the aforementioned cases.
  • The Judge did not grant the JPOE intervention. However, the Judge invited the JPOE attorneys to all conferences and made them party to all information, filings, etc.
  • In reading our filing the Judge heard for the first time that there was community opposition to the erection of an eruv including opposition from a large group of Jewish members in the community. To this point there had been no mention of this in the courtroom by the municipal attorneys.
  • After our motion for Intervention and the court reading of our filings, the Municipality legal teams began meeting and coordinating with the JPOE legal representatives.
  • The existence of the JPOE and its strategy was central to the Quogue decision.
  • Our chairman, Arnold Sheiffer, attended the March LIPA board meeting. He presented the JPOE position in opposition to the erection of the eruv lechis by LIPA, a Public Government Entity. This was put into the record.
  • Arnie Sheiffer also attended the Quogue public meeting held in March 2012 to discuss the EEEA application to install the eruv. He resented the JPOE opposition to Government involvement in practice of religion. The presented position was made part of the Quogue decision.