September 26, 2007
That neighborhood racket is a bunch of atoning Jews
The Jewish Journal is getting in the mood of 24/7, and today, instead of waiting until Thursday, uploaded Tom Tugend’s explanation of what went wrong Friday with LA bureaucrats’ Yom Kippur sin.
The scene was a Kol Nidrei service at Yeshivas Yavneh, a Hebrew academy run out of a former Tudor estate in Los Angeles’ pricey Hancock Park neighborhood, not far from the mayor’s official residence. After 8 p.m., two building inspectors showed up and told a congregant that it was closing time, but the 200 Orthodox Jews observing Yom Kippur refused to leave. Then the anger spread.
This is not the first time Jews have clashed with their less-than-welcoming neighbors in the once WASPy Hancock Park. It’s also not the first time LA city officials have shown insensitivity when dealing with religious observance (remember that story I did about the cops allegedly tearing down a mezuzah at a pot pharmacy?).
(Hat tip: LAObserved)