News Briefs: Lakewood Condo Swim Schedule Ruled Discriminatory Against Women and More

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Kenyan Rabbi Injured in Attack

Rabbi Shmuel Notik and his wife, Chaya, were assaulted April 23 by a group of men in their synagogue and Jewish community center in Nairobi, Kenya, JNS.org reported.

Rabbi Notik was slightly injured and Chaya Notik was beaten with sticks before fleeing with her children to a bathroom and locking the door.

The attackers stole religious items, food, passports and computers.

The Notiks apparently have been attacked before, according to JNS.org, which noted that Nairobi’s crime rate is among the world’s highest.

Not long after arriving in 2014, Rabbi Notik was mugged on the street during Rosh Hashanah by six men armed with knives. He gave them his prayer book, a lapel pin and shofar.

Court: Lakewood Condo Swim Schedule Discriminates Against Women

A sex-segregated swimming schedule implemented by a condominium in heavily Orthodox Lakewood, New Jersey, discriminated against women, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled on April 22.

The judges said the policy was a violation of both the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and the federal Fair Housing Act. The latter “makes it an unlawful housing practice to discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities therewith, because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status or national origin.”

The court noted that women were allotted only 3.5 hours of pool time after 5 p.m., compared to 16.5 hours for men, with 25 hours allotted for all sexes.

“Women with regular-hour jobs thus have little access to the pool during the work week, and the schedule appears to reflect particular assumptions about the roles of men and women,” Judge Thomas Abro said.

The winning plaintiffs had been fined $50 each for violating the rules of A Country Place Condominium Association. About two-thirds of the association’s residents at the time of the 2016 lawsuit were Orthodox Jews.

Holocaust Denier Banned From Lithuania

Lithuania barred British Holocaust denier David Irving from entering the country for five years, JTA reported.

The country’s Foreign Ministry requested the ban, which was announced April 24.

“Irving’s views and his efforts to trivialize the Holocaust are unacceptable and constitute a crime in Lithuania,” ministry spokeswoman Rasa Jakilaitiene said.

A month earlier, Irving advertised that he would lead a tour of Nazi death camps in Poland and other Nazi historical sites.

Lithuania had expressed concerns that Irving might try to also visit Lithuania, which borders Poland. A Warsaw-based Holocaust commemoration group previously petitioned the Polish border police to block Irving from entering the country.

Winnipeg Police Say Anti-Semitic Attack Was Staged by Café Owners

An alleged anti-Semitic attack April 18 on a kosher Italian-style cafe in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was staged by its owners, police are saying, according to JTA.

BerMax Caffe and Bistro owners Alexander Berent, 56, Oxana Berent, 48, and Maxim Berent, 29, were charged with public mischief and released.

Anti-Semitic graffiti was spray-painted on the restaurant, which was vandalized as well, and a woman who works there reported an assault.

The alleged attack was the fourth in five months at the restaurant. Those incidents are also under investigation.

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