TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Several homeowners are suing their New Jersey community where coed swimming is restricted because most of the residents are Orthodox Jews.
The Asbury Park Press reports (http://on.app.com/2dgoQbn) residents Steve and Diana Lusardi and Marie Curto sued A Country Place in Lakewood seeking to quash the policy and $50 fines levied against them for breaking the rules. They say the policy violates federal and state anti-discrimination laws.
The property association’s attorney declined comment.
The community serves people 55 or older. Swimming is restricted by gender at certain times in observance of Jewish law that prohibits men and women from bathing together.
Otherwise men and women can swim together from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday through Friday and there is open swimming on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.
Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com