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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Touro College files suit over ‘anti-Semitic’ elevator in upper West Side building

New York - In a suit filed on Tuesday, Touro College charges that the tenant’s association of an upper West Side building, which also houses students, set a “discriminatory and anti-Semitic tone” in rejecting a request by the college to make one of the building’s two elevators Shabbat-friendly.

The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Reports that since students from Touro occupy 43 of the building’s 82 units, Touro officials had petitioned the tenant’s association to program one of the elevators to stop at every floor during Shabbat.

Residents of the building complained that modifying one of the elevators would cause inconvenience on the day they typically do laundry, shopping, and other errands.

In the suit filed Tuesday, Touro asked a Manhattan Supreme Court to overturn the decision by the Division of Housing and Community Renewal rejecting their application.

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