We are reblogging this post and thank its authors. The problem, described here and in the articles that preceded it, is not limited to the Toms River area but is similar in East Ramapo, Monroe-Woodbury and so on. In East Ramapo, the different Hasidic sects are diverse. The Twersky family can be found in New Square. The Satmar are in Monsey and further north in Kiryas Joel. But the issues are largely similar: zoning violations, voting blocks, blockbusting, destruction of public education, manipulation of public health and welfare services. – LostMessiah, March 1, 2016
Toms River certainly has been getting its share of haredi headaches lately. The rural town has been trying to combat aggressive haredi real estate buying tactics from nearby Lakewood. And their local Chabad rabbi, Rabbi Moshe Gourarie, has already shown the town that he has little or no regard for their local zoning laws.
A town meeting last December drew over 1,200 participants to determine if Gourarie should be allowed a permit to operate a Chabad Jewish Center on his seven-acre property which contains a 5,500-square-foot main house and a 1,400-square-foot garage. Gourarie’s Chabad is a nonprofit organization, and he does not pay taxes on the property, where he and his family also live (a familiar scenario in the Chabad House business model). Nearly 5,000 people have signed a petition opposing the application of the permit.
Ashbury Park Press has a detailed history of the Toms River Chabad…
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