Haredi shop owners in Brooklyn meeting opposition to modesty signs


(JTA) — Some haredi Orthodox shop owners in Brooklyn are being criticized for signs requesting that patrons dress modestly.

Non-haredi residents in the Williamsburg section, a Chasidic enclave, claim that signs banning low-cut necklines, sleeveless shirts and shorts amount to discrimination, WCBS-TV in New York reported. But one shop owner interviewed inside an unidentified store selling hardware said he wanted customers to respect religious norms.

“When they come into this area, this community, they should be dressed the way we would like they should go,” Shlome Fuchs, a local haredi resident, told WCBS. “They should be dressed the minimum as we want them to.”

In 2009, haredi leaders in Williamsbug lobbied successfully to have New York City remove bicycle lanes in the neighborhood, so that haredi residents would not have to see immodest women cycling.

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