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Rabbi wins appeal

by: Ben Morris - Last updated: 2007-01-25

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A rabbi who was accused by a Muslim neighbour of allowing too much noise to go on at his synagogue has won his appeal against a London council that tried to get him to keep quiet.

Rabbi Moshe Rottenberg from Stamford Hill, north London was accused by the neighbour of making her life a misery due to his praying in the shul and last year was found guilty of making noise following Hackney Council investigating claims during Jewish festivals including Purim.

Maryam Hafezji, who moved in a year after Rabbi Rosenberg started his school in 1982 before turning it into a shul said she could not hear her TV when services were going on as well as not being able to have a conversation in her home without shouting.

Last year, Hackney Council won an order to fine the Rabbi, but this week he won his battle to overturn the decision.

Two judges have ordered Hackney Council to pay £7,120 in legal costs.