Montreal Court Fines Synagogue for Holding Classes

A Montreal court has fined a synagogue for holding classes in the building without previously obtaining a permit to operate a school. The case arises from the attempts of people in various outlying areas of Montreal to prevent new synagogues from conducting religious classes and services in a manner which they find disturbing.

The court decided that the defendant congregation, Chaside Belz Umachzike Hadac, had been transformed from a synagogue into “a synagogue and school for children.” The court fined the congregation $25 and imposed a similar fine for every day that the school continues to operate in violation of city ordinances. The congregants number about 50 or 60 recent immigrants, most of whom are survivors of concentration camps.

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