The Freehold Township, located in New Jersey, has ruled that 10 Jews cannot pray together in a house because the gathering violates local zoning laws. Jewish law determines that 10 men, referred to as a minyan, must be present for public prayer. Rabbi Avraham Bernstein, who lives in the house which also serves as a center for the Chabad movement, has sued the town for violating his religious freedom.
The minyan takes place Friday night for the prayers that usher in the Jewish Sabbath. The township sent Rabbi Bernstein a summons, and after he filed his lawsuit, it retaliated by setting up a video camera in his home without his knowledge.