Purim in the Lakewood vicinity sees major decrease in ‘group’ traffic as organizations shift to alternative fundraising

If you’ve spent Purims in Lakewood the last few years, you’ll have noticed this year was different.

Despite the fact that Covid for the most part is over, many of the hundreds of groups that would usually make their rounds did not go around this year, and many balabatim told TLS they noticed the tremendous decrease in groups.

Dr. Rich Roberts, a philanthropist who distributes tens of thousands of dollars on Purim, said he was quite shocked by the low turnout.

Three years ago, approximately 2,200 people attended his party, and this year, despite expecting over 2,500, only 980 people attended.

Dr. Roberts says he attributes this huge decrease to Covid, which forced organizations and yeshivas to shift to phone and online fundraising.

“During Covid-19, yeshivas discovered that they could make much more money, and keep the boys safer, by having the boys call for people to sponsor Purim night learning rather than going out and collecting,” Dr. Roberts told TLS.

Additional factors, says Roberts, are the highly elevated costs of air flights between Israel and the US, causing a dramatic reduction in the number of mishelachim, and the community spreading out, with many parties in Jackson and Toms River with newly financially-successful frum people giving large amounts of tzedakah.

Indeed, several large parties around Lakewood, Jackson and Toms River have drawn very large crowds. One party required nearly 20 off-duty police officers for security and safety.

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  1. It’s much safer for the Bachurim.
    However the Yeshivas want it that way because:
    1. They save money on party bus rentals .
    2. They’re scared it will make the Bachurim want to immediately go work or go into business to make money thus leave Yeshiva as they visit 3 million dollar homes with Range Rovers and Tesla’s in the driveway; the Bachurim will say to themselves “I must have that” I’m leaving yeshiva.

    The Yeshivas don’t want the Bachurim to be like me. I ב״ה כאיו עין הרע have been in business for over 40 successful years and I’m still a young man . I went to work and school at 18 and I started my business at age 20.

    • I have that one. I ordered it in the beginning of the summer, the way car prices were than it was in fact cheaper than a regular car.
      It was $39,990 – $5,000 NJ EV Rebate = Total $35,000 + $0.0 sales tax on electric vehicles. Chase finances them for Tesla for a low rate.
      It arrived at Princeton Tesla in early November.
      I put a 240v charger at my home in Lakewood & the Lakewood Electrician Yanky explained the Boro Park electrician (at my business) Leiby what it needed and what to do.
      I set it to charge to 80% which is 204 miles ; in the morning I take the GSP, I arrive in Boro Park it has 135 miles remaining, I plug it in, it takes 2.5 hours to charge back to 204 because the maximum voltage in NYC is 203v ; going home to Lakewood I take Route 9 with its regenerative braking I’m left with approximately 152 miles , I plug in,it takes 1.3 hours to charge back to 204 in NJ you get the full 240 volts.
      Since I got it my credit card bill dropped by over $600 a month and it runs smooth and powerful like nothing else, I don’t get tired ; and I didn’t notice any sharp increase in my electric bills.
      Today the price increased to the mid $40, ‘s but Biden promised a $12,000 rebate for them.
      Musk was right that your not going to buy a better car for $35,000.
      However if they remain in Yeshiva they can’t even buy it at $35, .

  2. As a mother you can not believe how grateful I was to my son’s yeshiva that I knew where he was Purim night!

    (Yes, I told them how thankful I was!)

    His yeshiva had maariv, megillah, food for after the fast, night Seder & then music & dancing.

    What a productive way to spend Purim night.

    And then Purim day they had a party at 3 rebbeims’ homes with BUSSING (they didn’t save money) from each location to the next!!


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