BREAKING – FIRST REPORT: Agudath Israel of America files Lawsuit against Jackson Township over Eruv ban

Agudath Israel of America has filed a lawsuit against Jackson Township over the recent Eruv ban ordinance, documents obtained by TLS show.

The lawsuit, which was added as an amendment to their previous lawsuit regarding the dormitory ban, charges that Jackson violated the rights of the Orhtodox Jewish residents who attempted to erect an Eruv in the Township. The lawsuit alleges deliberate discrimination targeting the Jewish population.

The lawsuit alleges that the motivation in both ordinances were one and the same – discriminatory against the Jewish population.

Agudah New Jersey Director Rabbi Avi Schnall has been working closely with the Jackson Eruv Association on this issue, but efforts have proven futile.

The Jackson Eruv Association is reportedly considering filing a lawsuit as well.

(Agudah New Jersey’s Director Rabbi Avi Schnall could not be reached for comment due his Aveilus.)


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  1. wow again when will jackson follow our constitution and previous court decisions….for all those thinking yay no dorms…any judge will see a clear pattern here

  2. Its sad that it came to this. Its also startling to notice the contrast of how Toms River welcomed the frum oilam, and has no problem with davening gatherings and Eiruvim, and Jackson does. Very odd.

  3. Why don’t they notify the NJ attorney general about what is going on here, so he can add this town to the Mawah suit.

  4. Honestly, I would rather live without an eruv than add to existing tensions – and perpetuate ugly stereotypes about us – by suing Jackson.

    Is this what the frum Jackson residents really want?

  5. That’s a silly thing to say – while you are right we are in galus and need to expect some hatred and anti Semitism… Discrimination from a government entity should not be tolerated unless you want another Spanish Inquisition… everything starts somewhere and it needs to be nipped in the bud. Its not only eruvim in any case so far its been jewish schools and succah requirements as well as far as I recall perhaps also shuls are also harder to get as well. Soon it will be even more – I can think of no head coverings in public… closing your eyes wont make the tensions go away.

  6. It’s a tough question Devora. There are many that agree with that, but is that giving into the bigots? I am not sure as well if they went to the lawsuit so fast. I’m only hoping it was a very calculated decision. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision as it’s always best to handle this outside of the courts. I guess the Agudah realized if they wouldn’t stand up right away for out rights then we would get trampled on?

  7. @Devorah You probably don’t realize but you are echoing the symptoms of Stockholm syndrome. The fact that there are those in Jackson on the Council who hate Jews, and want to limit your constitutional freedoms is not a reason to give in! Their hate is their problem – not yours. As Elie Weisel said “If you want to hate me that is your problem, But I’m not going to live my life trying to appease you.” Those that hate will always hate, period. Orthodox Jews have constitutional rights too. And yes, we also have the right to sue to make sure those rights aren’t violated. On a side note, way before the Eruv – for the past 3 years – there has been a tremendous about of hatred towards the Jewish community. This animus has absolutely nothing to do with the Eruv, it’s very plain and simple a clear message to the Jewish community; You are not welcome in our Town. How sad that in 2017 after coming along so far on race, we still encounter the ugly head of racism and prejudice.

  8. dont think toms river is so much better. many new jewish home owners are fined for their previous owners work that was done without a permit. so dont purchase anyhome without all work done with permits and the permits are closed and a CA approved. The current owner will get less of a fine and less questioned then the new owner who did not even do the work.

    Toms River Shuls. They are not looking away and they are clamping down on all prayers at homes but they are playing it smart accusing the locations of operating something not zoned for the are vs openly saying they are closing down a shul or prayer group.

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