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Court Holds Religious Services Can Never Be Nuisance in Jewish City

Jewish religious services can never be considered a nuisance in a Jewish city, District Court Judge Joseph Lam told a group of tenants today, in dismissing their request for an order to forbid the opening of a synagogue in their apartment building.

Judge Lam’s action was taken in connection with a suit brought to his court by the tenants who claimed that a flat in their building, which was being converted into a synagogue, might become noisy and a nuisance to other residents of the apartment house.

The Tel Aviv planning commission had first approved the proposed conversion, and the tenants had appealed to a local magistrate against the commission’s ruling. When their first appeal was denied, the tenants made their second appeal, to the higher court presided over by Judge Lam — but they were equally unsuccessful.