A Comedy Central parody filmed in the Village of Westhampton Beach about the controversy surrounding a proposed eruv—a Jewish religious boundary—has everyone in the village talking.
The bit, entitled “The Thin Jew Line,” aired Wednesday night, March 23, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and poked fun at the strong opposition to the proposed religious boundary.
The segment featured several village residents’ reactions to the possibility of an eruv being erected in the village. Hosted by Comedy Central news correspondent Wyatt Cenac, the segment featured interviews with Jeff Weisenfeld, a member of the Hampton Orthodox Synagogue, and Charles Gottesman, a member of Jewish People Opposed to the Eruv. The piece also highlighted interviews with several area residents in Simon’s Beach Bakery Cafe on Main Street.
Comedy Central crews were spotted interviewing local residents around the village and in Main Street businesses on January 31. The bit was originally slated to air in February.
The proposed eruv is slated to encompass the villages of Westhampton Beach and Quogue, as well as Quiogue. The two villages have filed lawsuits seeking to block the religious boundary.