The ruling at the Collin County Courthouse this morning stated that Toras Chaim, run by Rabbi Yaakov Rich, can continue to offer religious services in the residential neighborhood of Highlands of McKamy in North Dallas reports The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1vt582G).
The HOA of Highlands of McKamy filed the lawsuit against the congregation, stating that running a synagogue out of a home violated residential rules. The judge based his decision on the claim that the property owners’ deed restrictions violate state and federal laws protecting religious worship from government-imposed burdens.
Vin News previously reported (http://bit.ly/16nS031) that neighbor David Schneider first filed his own lawsuit in Feb. 2014. In April 2014, a judge ruled that the synagogue would be able to continue holding religious services in the neighborhood after he denied the
HOA’s request for an injunction.(http://bit.ly/1KrKaCw).
Schneider, who lives across the street from the synagogue, says about 30 Orthodox Jewish families worship there. He says the lawsuit had nothing to do with religion, and that it was about traffic, the safety of the neighborhood and breaking the residential rules. He says he would feel the same if it were a school or doctor’s office operating in the neighborhood according to CBS Dallas (http://cbsloc.al/1vsE5Vc).
Lawyers for Toras Chaim said religious freedom was being threatened.