10 Acre Tashbar Campus Approved By Planning Board

PHOTOS: The Planning Board last night approved a 10.5 acre campus for Tashbar, which will be the future home to about 675 students, include about 50 homes and more. The massive Oak Street campus – presented by Attorney Abe Penzer – will include a 3-story school for schoolchildren from primary through Kollel as well as multiple state of the art facilities.

“Virtually, every aspect of the building and the campus design is geared toward creating a state-of the-art learning environment that parallels the overall approach of our chinuch model,” says Rabbi Hertz, the Founder and Dean of Tashbar. “The size and scope of the proposed campus will be’ezras Hashem provide amply for the school’s long-term projected growth.”

The new 78,000 sq. ft. building will encompass Tashbar’s plans for expansion to a mesivta, yeshiva gedola and kollel, along with student and faculty residential units. The building features 27 bright and airy classrooms, 10 resource rooms, a beautifully-appointed Bais Medrash, a spacious cafetorium for dining and assembly purposes, a full-size gym, 2 fully outfitted playgrounds for younger children, a baseball field, a pool for summer camp, a street hockey court, as well as 5 full basketball courts. The meticulously engineered campus will also include residential units for student and faculty housing, ample parking, and well-designed, safe ingress and egress lanes for buses and cars.

While focusing on the school’s past and future growth, the menahel, Rabbi Mordechai Zions points to the critical partnership between the parents and the hanhola that is the hallmark of the Tashbar chinuch model. At the recent annual, father-and-son melave malka, Rabbi Zions underscored the important role that parents play in this fundamental partnership.

“We created the mosad with tremendous siyata d’Shmaya, based on a very specific vision and goal,” says Rabbi Hertz. “It is based on the recognition that due to Lakewood’s unique Torah environment, each talmid can realize his full potential, if only given the opportunity, and that each talmid is a world on to himself. Tashbar has proven that the strategic involvement of parents leverages the talent and the skill of mechanchim in maximizing the potential of each individual talmid. This applies not only to scholastic excellence, but also to character development – to attaining an encompassing shleimus and well-roundedness in middos and bein-odom-l’chaveiro. This has been the key to the success of Tashbar.”

Rabbi Hertz added, “Our growth was and will continue to be contingent on our ability to maintain the viability of that objective by creating a proper infrastructure that accommodates the numbers without compromising on the 20-year identity that has made Tashbar what it is. The new building with its focused design will play a crucial role in providing that infrastructure.”

This Motzaei Shabbos Parshas Terumah, February 25, parents, grandparents, friends, alumni and supporters of Tashbar will gather at the Ateres Reva Hall in celebration of the Yeshiva’s embarking on a third decade of success.

The theme of the dinner campaign, “Foundations,” reflects the dual connotation of Tashbar’s present milestone. On one hand, it is a celebration of the success of Tashbar’s visionary, original foundations. The beautiful peiros borne by those foundations over two decades that are a testament to the visionary foresight behind them – a generation of accomplished bnei Torah gracing the ranks of today’s Olam HaYeshivos. At the same time, it’s an occasion to commit to building new foundations to provide for a robust and expanded Tashbar in the new decade ahead.

The phenomenal growth of Tashbar in recent years can be measured by the contrast of the current graduating class of 25 students, in comparison to the 75 talmidim enrolled in the three parallel classes of this year’s primary grade.

At the upcoming dinner, Harav Moshe Brown, mara d’asra of Agudath Yisroel of West Lawrence and maggid shiur at Yeshiva Derech Ayson, will be making a special trip in from Far Rockaway to offer divrei chizuk for the launching of the Building Campaign. Rabbi and Mrs. Brown are being honored as Tashbar’s Grandparents of the Year.

Rabbi and Mrs. Aharon Selengut will receive the Rebbi of the Year award, and Rabbi and Mrs. Moshe Zucker will be honored as Parents of the Year. The Community Service Award will be presented jointly to Yoni Silver, Carl Fink and Chesky Seitler in recognition of their dedicated service to all Lakewood’s children through their tireless and selfless work on the Lakewood Board of Education.

The Guest Speaker for the evening will be Rabbi Shlomo Diamond, Rosh Kollel of the Deal Kollel, himself a proud grandfather of 5 Tashbar einikelach.

Construction on the campus is expected to begin soon.

(Dinner and journal reservations can be called in to the Tashbar Dinner Office at 732.905.1111, faxed to 732. 905.1221, or emailed to [email protected]. Ad deadline is Sunday, February 19).

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  1. I have a question – If you build the school and 50 homes in 10.5 acres where will the residents park their cars? You realize that each home will be on a very small plot of land – and with the large size of the homes there will not be enough room for parking a minimum of 2 cars per household. Also there will be no room to park visitors cars.

  2. As testified by the engineer and shown to the Board last night, there are 187 on-site parking spaces plus at least an additional 220 spaces off-site, on the adjacent streets, within 500 feet. Additionally, ALL these spaces are available after school hours. This is more than double the parking required by the Campus Ordinance, and substantially above the maximum projected need. You are right. The article, should definitely have mentioned these points. Thank you.

  3. Where on Oak Street? There are already 2 girl’s schools and one boy’s school, plus Schi, all within a stone’s throw of one another. Will this be right nearby, or on a different portion of Oak Street?

  4. “As testified by the engineer and shown to the Board last night, there are 187 on-site parking spaces plus at least an additional 220 spaces off-site, on the adjacent streets, within 500 feet.” — did anyone bother asking what happens to those “220 spaces available offsite” when that land is bought and turned into something? THEN WHAT?

  5. Can someone please tell me what will be done for the additional volume of traffic that will be filling the parking spaces ? Because I think we all already know the roads can’t handle what is on them now.

  6. Once again, my comments aren’t being posted. With all of these schools, buildings and developments, Lakewood should no longer be called Lakewood. It should be called just Lake because there will not be any Wood (trees) left.

  7. Oak and Rt. 9 desperately needs a light in the next year or two the latest. It’s very dangerous to enter traffic at that intersection at any time of day, especially if you want to make a left.


  9. genius the facuilty. And if you got this job you would not ask questions so Shut your mouth and just try to get the job.or maybe you know you wont get it which is why you are so bitter

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