NEW ORLEANS (Jul. 2)
A congregational dispute on the issue of mixed seating in a local synagogue, Congregation Chevra Thillim, was before a local court today in a hearing on an application for an injunction to prevent the practice.
Rabbi Solomon J. Sharfman of Brooklyn, N. Y., president of the Rabbinical Council of America, testified as an expert for the minority group seeking the court ban. He testified that mixed seating in the synagogue is forbidden by Jewish law, citing Tal-mudic sources for his contention.
The minority group in the formerly Orthodox and now Conservative congregation decided on court action after a majority of the congregation voted for mixed seating.