Happy Holidays? Not in BK Heights
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Dear Editor,

Happy Holidays! When I moved into 24-30 Clinton St. in Brooklyn Heights, the Jews of my building had freedom to worship and a menorah was lit in the lobby of the building and prayers were said.

This coming Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday, it is forbidden to light and pray in the lobby of my building, my home.

However, BPC Management Corporation, located at 80 Livingston Street, has recycled Christmas into holiday greetings, and 24-30 Clinton St. will be festooned with ornaments, holly branches, evergreens, ribbons, etc., in the lobby.

My building's menorah lights have been extinguished. I have not kept a Jewish commandment that requires the menorah to be lit in a public place. In my neighboring buildings at 10 Clinton St., 40 Clinton St., and 75 Henry St. their electric menorah will be lighted and prayers recited. That is not permitted for me.

I feel my civil rights have been violated. When I voiced a complaint to BPC management their response was: "You wouldn't want a nativity scene, would you?"

I believe space should be made available in this season of brotherly love for all people that want to pray and pay respect to their God. That is democracy.

Sincerely yours,

Justine Swartz

Brooklyn Heights

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