Welcome to JPOE - Jewish People Opposed to the Eruv

What is an eruv?
According to Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, HarperCollins Publishers, an eruv is an area, circumscribed by a symbolic line, within which certain activities forbidden to Orthodox Jews on the Sabbath are permitted. [from Hebrew, literally: mixture, mixing]

Jewish People for the Betterment of Westhampton Beach (Known as Jewish People Opposed to the Eruv), a grass roots organization of those of the Jewish faith, their families, friends and neighbors who are homeowners or reside in Westhampton Beach and its environs, is opposed to the erection of an eruv by any governmental, quasi-governmental or corporate authority in this community.

Messages from the Chairman

August 8, 2013

I wish to take the opportunity to comment on what has taken place in our continuing battle to preserve and protect our constitutionally guaranteed rights as United States citizens by keeping our community free from an eruv. We are pleased to report that this month the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals denied a variance that would have permitted the establishment of lechis on one section of the eruv border.  MORE NEWS

July, 2013

Remembering Mark Williams

JPOE and all its members mourn the passing of Mark Williams, our friend, neighbor and supporter. Mark was a constitutional talent who worked passionately and tirelessly to protect our rights.  

Mark was our dear friend and a true gentleman.  He will be sorely missed.

Arnold Sheiffer
Chairman JPOE


August 22, 2013
The New York Times
Out of Enclaves, A Pressure to Accommodate Traditions
By: Joseph Berger

August 2, 2013
The Southampton Press
Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals Denies Eruv Application
By: Carol Moran

August 1, 2013
East  End Eruv Association’s efforts to erect an eruv are being fought in numerous proceedings in both the federal court and before the municipal boards. JPOE has become an active partner in all of these proceedings. Please review the Summary of Status of EEEA Eruv Application 

April 10, 2013
Dan’s Papers
Eruv Debate Goes On
By:  David Rattiner

April 4, 2013
At the Southampton Town Zoning Board Meeting, Jonathan Sinnreich, attorney for JPOE , presented the argument against the eruv as held by JPOE and it’s members . The attached PDF contains JPOE’s postion.

The East End Eruv Association appealed an earlier decision by the Board to deny the installation of lechis for the purpose of forming a boundary for an eruv.

February 4, 2013

Federal Court dismissed the case of JPOE against the Village of Westhampton Beach, East End Eruv Association, Verizon, LIPA, et.al. This decision will be appealed.

December 7, 2012
JPOE files Memorandum of Law in Opposition of Motions to Dismiss of the East End Eruv Association, Inc. and Verizon New York Inc. Memorandum and Exhibits are available on the Case Files Page
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