An ultra-orthodox Jewish sect that runs their own town in New York has opened what is reportedly the first sex-segregated public park in the United States, which is almost certainly unconstitutional and illegal under federal statute even if it were a private park.
This new sex segregated children’s playground was built in the city of Kiryas Joel in Monroe, New York on an area of 283 acres, which will fully separate little boys and girls.
The park, built on the outskirts of the city received special financing by Kiryas Joel Mayor Rabbi Abraham Wieder. The mayor received the blessing from all Satmar factions living in the city, according to reports.
City Treasurer, Rabbi Gedaliah Segedin, described the park as under the strict supervision of the Committee of Modesty of Kiryas Joel and under the watchful guidance of the Grand Rebbe, Rabbi Aharon Teitelbaum. The park is divided into four sections.Section one is designed for fathers who come with their boys. The second section is designed for mothers who come with their girls. The third is for boys and the fourth is for girls.
They also say that non-Jews and even non-Haredi Jews won’t be allowed in the park at all. I can’t imagine how this could possibly be legal. Kiryas Joel is incorporated as a city and is thus bound by the 14th Amendment and by state and federal anti-discrimination law. And I’m sure Pam Geller will be screeching about this at any moment, right?