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Jews in New York Suburb Lose Case in Battle Against Ban on Synagogue

The Jewish community of nearby suburban Sands Point lost another round in its court battle against a village board ruling banning the use of a $215,000 estate as a synagogue, when the Appellate Division upheld the village authorities yesterday. Nathaniel Hess, president of the Sands Point Community Synagogue, said last night that the congregation would carry its fight to the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.

The property was bought in 1954 for use as a synagogue but the 200 families who compose the congregation ran into difficulties almost immediately and have taken the matter to court on several levels. Gov. Averell Harriman, who owns property in the village, has castigated the village board’s attitude.