US woman told to remove mezuzah – or get fined

Jewish woman living in Connecticut instructed by condominium management to remove Jewish symbol from doorframe, or receive $50 fine per day. Woman: I feel bullied and saddened


A Jewish woman from Connecticut was told by her condominium complex’ management company that she must remove a mezuzah (a small parchment scroll rolled up in a case that is attached to Jewish homes’ doors) from her doorframe or face a $50 fine per day, a local newspaper reported on Friday.

Barbara Cadranel, 60, said she feels violated by incident. “I’m bullied and I’m saddened,” she told the Hartford Courant. “It’s changed my whole existence here.”

Following the incident, Cadranel, an internationally-acclaimed harpsichordist, contacted the Connecticut Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League, telling them that she had been approached by the California Condo Association and asked to remove the mezuzah. Cadranel was told that if she fails to comply she could face fines of $50 per day.

ADL’s Connecticut Regional Director Gary Jones told Fox News on Friday that disputes between condo owners and condominium associations over the mezuzah “are pretty rare.”

“The obligation to place a mezuzah on the doorframe or doorpost is a right in the Bible. Jewish people everywhere, including those in condominiums, post a mezuzah as a reminder of their religious obligations,” he said.


‘Not a decorative choice’

Cadranel, who travels often as part of her job, “doesn’t have a real home,” Jones said.

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