Muslim civil rights group speaks out in support of eruv –

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – The nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization has thrown its support behind efforts to defend a controversial Jewish boundary known as an eruv, which officials in two Bergen County towns have demanded be removed.

In June, a New York Orthodox Jewish group extended a 26-mile eruv from lower New York State into Mahwah and Upper Saddle River to accommodate families who live in New York near the New Jersey state line.

The group attempted to expand the eruv into Montvale as well, but the mayor there issued a stop order.

The contested eruv, marked by some 120 PVC pipes along utility poles in Mahwah, allows Orthodox Jews to push and carry objects outside their homes on the Sabbath and Yom Kippur.

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