PHOTO: Here’s something you probably didn’t know about Toms River and its Jewish community

It turns out the Jewish community has been in Toms River for a lot longer than just the last few years.

This plaque hangs at a baseball complex in the Township.

See also here about the first Jewish family in Toms River.

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  1. Did the neighbors complain about the overcrowded chicken coups? The chickens may have worshiped there. Did the zoning board allow them to run a chicken farm? Did they obtain a permit? Did the neighbors call the Police department to complain at least once if not twice a day for no reason? If I was a Toms River resident I would have been concerned that the chickens would escape the farm and take over the whole Toms River.

    Toms River Strong!!!!

  2. 2012 ?! It was dedicated in 2012 ?!!!! Was this in the news ?! I don’t remember this story!! Who was there ? Unbelievable.

  3. My family settled on a farm in Toms River in 1954. The long building next to the Walgreens right after rt. 70 was our chicken coop and there were many Jewish farmers in that area. We rode our bikes up and down North Maple Avenue and never felt unwelcome. No mansions then, just farms.It took only 5 minutes to get to Lakewood in our pickup truck! The Bezalel Day School was the only Jewish school in town then and one little bus served the whole school. We moved to Brooklyn in 1965 when I was 15 but my husband and I are back now as retirees having nachas from our children and grandchildren. Sara (Folk) Nussbaum

  4. Dovid, I personally know someone who knows the zolty family and they shtam from vineland, not toms river. That’s 1000% Emes. Mi K’amcha Yisroel.

  5. So was jackson, there used to be a few shuls here. The last official Shul was on Hope Chapel and the intersection of Veterans Hwy (currently Neil Brooks Plumbing). Times change and people forget, yet the core issue here (mostly) isn’t about Jews moving in, it’s about the fear of the towns becoming Lakewood 2.0. Ignorance doesn’t justify baseless hatred, yet if we lead by example, we could make a big kidush hashem.

  6. In fact, a shul in Jackson was used by the Lakewood Cheder to house primary classes when we outgrew the legion building and the few basements in the area – circa early 80s

  7. Someone who works in foreclosures found a whole full blown old shul in the basement in toms river of an old man who was nifter

  8. Sarah {Falk] Nussbaum . Did you live in Saltzburg Austria as a very young child? Is your brother’s name Jerry? In Austria they called him Moniek? I believe the mother’s name is Sheindel. Then both you and your brother were students in my kindergarten and we lived next to each other, If I am right i would like to get in touch with you, I live in Lakewood N. J.

    • To Bubby Zelda Yes, you have all the information exactly right !I even have a photo of the kindergarten with me, my brother and the teacher.
      Would love to meet you.Also live here in Lakewood. How do we exchange contact information?

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