Sunday, May 6, 2012
Jewish dorm unwelcome in Cambria Heights
From CBS 2:
Some neighbors in Cambria Heights, Queens are fighting a synagogue’s plan to expand a building in a cemetery, where already hundreds of worshipers pray each day.
The place: the Old Montifiore Cemetery on Francis Lewis Boulevard, where crowds come, especially on the high holy days. A community center has been constructed near the graves, behind five single-family homes owned by the Lubavitchers.
But now, the congregation wants to join all five homes into one large structure that would essentially be a dormitory.
The people who live in the modest homes and always had the solitude of a cemetery nearby, now find their homes in the path of a pilgrimage that keeps growing and growing.
The issue must go before the zoning board and would require a variance for approval in the predominantly residential area.