STRATFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — A condominium association that ordered a Jewish woman in Stratford to remove a religious symbol from her doorway is now apologizing for what it calls a misunderstanding and says the symbol can stay.
The California Condominium Association ordered Barbara Cadranel to remove the mezuzah last week and warned that she faced a $50 penalty for each day it remained because the condo board hadn’t approved it. A mezuzah is a decorative box containing a religious scroll that a Jewish family attaches to its front doorpost.
The association’s lawyer, Kurt Ahlberg, says board members didn’t know what a mezuzah was. He says Cadranel won’t be fined.
“I didn’t realize and the board members didn’t realize what a mezuzah was, and I didn’t realize the significance of it being on the doorpost,” Ahlberg told the Connecticut Post. “There was never any intention to be discriminatory to Ms. Cadranel. It was purely a misunderstanding.”
Cadranel and Jewish groups had said they were outraged by the association’s order, especially since her neighbors had crosses and Easter decorations on their doors. Cadranel told the Post last week that she felt “violated” over the incident.
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