Condo Resident Embattled Over Doorpost Mezuzah

Barbara Cadranel said it is unfair for her condominium board to order her to remove the religious object.

A condominium resident is at odds with the condo association over its order that she remove from her doorpost or face fines.

The Connecticut Post reported that California Condominium resident Barbara Cadranel feels it is unfair that the condominium board has demanded she remove the mezuzah, a small object containing a scroll inscribed with a Hebrew prayer, or be fined $50 a day.

Cadranel told the newspaper that residents of other religions display religious decorations.

The association has a rule against attaching objects to the doorposts, while Judaism has a commandment to attach the mezuzah to the home’s doorpost.

Read more: Two letters to the editor submitted to the Connecticut Post. An opinion piece by the newspaper's MariAn Gail Brown.

Gmoney March 30, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Gmoney March 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM
There's never a Mossad Agent when you need one.
RED LEOPARD March 31, 2012 at 01:25 AM
CuriousOrange March 31, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Religious intolerance is alive and well in East Bridgeport.
Mike March 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM
This can only happen in Stratford.
Roberta Shea March 31, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I've noticed Christian articles, including prayers and Catholic Rosaries on bulletin boards and other common areas in other condo buildings in Stratford. Surely that is a violation. This Condo Association (the more objective -thinking members) should revisit the bylaws. The Mezuzah on her door frame is a very important part of this lady's spiritual being. A compromise – or have we as a society forgotten all about that skill? If there is any concern about damage to the door frame, perhaps the lady could buy a new one when she sells? For the record, Atheists complain about religious articles in very public places, such as shopping malls and town green areas to no avail. I could walk by that lady’s door frame for years and probably not even notice this sacred article. Why are the rights of Christians the only ones that matter in America - a democracy? Roberta Shea, a Roman Catholic
STDY April 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
This type of discrimination is rampant in Condominium Associations. It is not always based on religious discrimination. More often it is just the elected board disliking a particular resident or residents for one reason or another. It is also about power and control with no training or education and state laws that protect the decisions made by the Board. The only recourse to unit owners currently is through the legal system which is costly. It is also very difficult to get an attorney to represent a unit owner against the Board. But all is not lost, there is a grassroots organization within the state that is working to try to get the state laws changed to give more protections to the owners and less control to the Boards of Directors.It is called the Connecticut Condominium Owners Coalition or CCOC for short. They can be reached at www.wix.com/ctcondoowners/ccoc. You can register, join and help with the fight!
Osi Rosenberg April 01, 2012 at 02:20 PM
This is unacceptable! Barbara should call Rosenberg & Press and end this standoff! 203-870-6700
Mea April 01, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I agree completely with the previous comment. This resident should contact the Connecticut Condominium Owners Coalition. Now, we may have another issue at hand, Does she rent or does she own? I myself own a condominium right here in Stratford,not the one mentioned in this article, however, another one, in the area, and there is constant issues with Power and Control by the Board. It is very sad, discrimination runs rampant in this complex, and rules are changed to protect those favored residents. I urge all condo owners to register with the Connecticut Condominium Owners Coalition and help join the fight against discrimination acts on the part of the Board of Directions in Condo Complex's in the State of Connecticut !!!!
shelley austin April 26, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Anti-semitism is indeed alive and well (unfortunately). I've read today that the condominum association has been forced to overturn their original decision and have grundgingly allowed Ms. Cadranel to keep her mezuzah. Interestingly, the condo's representative's name is Kurt Ahlberg.....sounds suspiciously Aryan to me!
Mercedes October 20, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Agreed what can we do to keep our spiritual rights alive we need to fight back. God is our Lord not this intolerance of these wicked people
Mercy Vasquez October 20, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Agreed what can we do to keep our spiritual rights alive we need to fight back. God is our Lord not this intolerance of these wicked people


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