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Norwalk Jews See Anti-semitism in Effort to Ban Jewish Center

The objections of a suburban property owners association to the establishment of a community and recreation facility on an estate bought here by the Norwalk Jewish Center have given rise to charges of anti-Semitism and denials. The matter will be aired in court next week.

An unnamed official of the center has called the move to bar the center "outright discrimination." Other members of the group agree with him. However, the Shorehaven Association, which initiated the suit to prevent use of the $150,000 estate by the Jewish center, denied the charges. A spokesman asserted the attitude of the homeowners would be the same if "the YMCA or any other organization" wanted to use the estate for such purposes. Another association member said "we have absolutely nothing against the Norwalk Jewish Center."

The center, which has already sold its former headquarters in the downtown area of Norwalk, plans to build a banquet hall seating 1,000 a parking lot for 500 cars, a baseball field, tennis courts, indoor pool and gymnasium on the property.

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