Jews in Garden City Not Permitted to Establish First Synagogue

Leaders of the Jewish community of Garden City, nearby Long Island suburb, were considering today whether to take to court a ruling of the village’s zoning board denying the Garden City Jewish Center permission to use its three-story center building and it’s one and one-third acre plot for a synagogue.

The zoning board’s ruling accepted the claims of neighbors of the center that the plot would be quickly outgrown by the synagogue forcing it to expand and depressing real estate values in the area. The lone dissenter on the six-man village board favoring the center’s case, insisted that the board was unjustified in withholding permission for a synagogue on the basis of what might occur in the future. Garden City, until recent years a “restricted” village, now has 1,200 Jewish residents but no synagogue among its nine houses of worship.

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