OJPAC and Over-Development: Pave Paradise and Put Up a….. Building – Or Be Labeled an anti-Semite.

Dear LM,

Please post this opinion piece.

Anonymous

OJPAC slams Orange County Community Preservation Act: Taking the Anti-Semitism Moniker Too Far in Regards to Environmental Protection/Preservation!

In February 2020, I came across an article in an Orange County, NJ newspaper, The Record Online titled “Orthodox Jewish group slams assembly bill aimed at land preservation”. Many regions like Orange County (and Central and Southern NJ as well) are seeing overdevelopment, diminishing open space, and reduction in agricultural lands.  This is lowering the quality of life as well as the character of their towns.  By preserving open space and farmland, the beauty of the land and opportunities for a strong recreation and park systems can be possible. This is for current and future generations to enjoy.  I do not know how any municipal or county government would develop a land conservation program to discriminate and prevent the growth of any community into that area!

However in their usual style when they do not get what they want, another Orthodox Jewish advocacy group is claiming that this bill is discriminating against the growth of their community in Orange County where there is anti-Hasidic sentiment.  In the article, Yossi Gestetner of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council says the proposed law “targets Jews” and a tweet posted by OJPAC stated “The bill is a direct result of local agitation in Orange County against Hasidim who buy properties”.  I rolled my eyes and thought, “there they go again!”

I cannot get over how the Orthodox leadership and Orthodox Jewish advocacy groups could care less about the long term environmental consequence in demanding their right to have uncontrolled high density housing. Do they not realize that natural resources, which include land and water, are limited and their supply will eventually dry out? What about the quality of life for OJ people who live in urban-like “shtetls “such as Lakewood, Kiryas Joel, Monsey? I am sure these individuals and their families feel suffocated in these enclaves though the majority will not say anything for fear of retribution. One can see Orthodox Jews in huge numbers frequent parks and beaches all over the Jersey Shore. They most likely need to get away from the nightmare that is Lakewood (concrete, traffic, no space) and breathe! And yet their leaders want to minimize open spaces and force compliance upon non-Orthodox and non-Jews in the process.

It was extremely disrespectful, unreasonable and inappropriate to label this bill as “anti-Hasidic growth”. These municipalities and counties are looking at the long term quality of life for ALL people to enjoy the beauty of nature by having open space and a robust parks and recreating system. My feedback to Mr. Gestetner and OJPAC: in this case you have taken labeling land preservation too far by calling it “anti-Hasidic growth”.

All of us, including your community, have the right to enjoy nature. There is nothing “anti-Semitic” about that!

How Many Religious NJ Residents Need to Die Before Someone says, “Es Iz Ganug!” “Maspik!” “Daiy, Nu?” “Halas!” – Covid-19

Lakewood photo shoot, group at school violated coronavirus orders, officials say

Several people found attending a wedding photo shoot and others at a school in Lakewood were among the latest incidents in the township of people violating Gov. Phil Murphy’s emergency orders during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Wednesday.

Police on Tuesday were called to a report of a wedding on Read Place, where officers found two adults and three children in a van in a driveway, according to authorities.

“The driver advised that she was there for family photos for a wedding,” the state Attorney General’s Office said in a statement. “In the back yard, there was a photographer, Yakov Makukha, photographing a family of six.”

Makukha, Pinchos Aron, 25, Miriam Aron, 33, Yehudah Aron, 36, Tziporah Aron, 33, Yaakov Wiesner, Peninah Wiesner, 30, Ephraim Aron, 34, and Shmarya Aron, 20, were each issued summonses for violating emergency orders.

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Police in Lakewood have repeatedly found people allegedly violating the governor’s orders – including a ban on events and gatherings – during the virus outbreak.

 

To read the Article in NJ.com, click here.

Gov. Murphy, AG Grewal – Are You Okay with Weddings at Yeshiva Toras Aron in Lakewood? Covid-19 is Killing…

Coronavirus in Lakewood: Weddings resume with social distancing in mind, but are they lawful?

LAKEWOOD – Religious marriage ceremonies have resumed here under new social distancing guidelines, though the authority for the move is unclear, and county and state officials insist there has been no relaxation of state restrictions on such activities.

About a dozen Orthodox Jewish couples will get married in coming days, just ahead of a yearly period of mourning that prohibits celebrations, including weddings, between April 23 and May 10, said Bentzi Inzelbuch, a leader of the initiative to allow the ceremonies. He described himself as “a volunteer who has the connections and trust of all.”

An email sent by rabbi Aaron Kotler, president and CEO of Beth Medrah Govoha, the Talmudic college behind Lakewood’s growth, circulated over the weekend stating that the “authorities charged with Covid-19 enforcement have approved a model and venue for weddings that is 100% compliant with the state of N.J. social distancing regulations.”

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With the Haredim of Lakewood, NJ Looking to the Fed. Govt. for Guidelines, Ivanka’s non-compliance is Dangerous

Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s eldest daughter and a White House adviser, and her family spent Passover at her father’s private golf club.
Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

Ivanka Trump, Disregarding Federal Guidelines, Travels to N.J. for Passover

Ms. Trump herself has not followed the federal guidelines advising against discretionary travel, leaving Washington for another one of her family’s homes.

WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s eldest daughter and a senior White House adviser, has positioned herself as one of the leaders of the administration’s economic relief efforts and one of its most vocal advocates of social distancing.

“Those lucky enough to be in a position to stay at home, please, please do so,” Ms. Trump said in a video she posted online, encouraging Americans to follow federal guidelines about social distancing, which suggests that people stay at least six feet apart. “Each and every one of us plays a role in slowing the spread.”

But Ms. Trump herself has not followed the federal guidelines advising against discretionary travel, leaving Washington for another one of her family’s homes, even as she has publicly thanked people for self-quarantining. And effective April 1, the city of Washington issued a stay-at-home order for all residents unless they are performing essential activities.

Ms. Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who is also a senior White House adviser, traveled with their three children to the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey to celebrate the first night of Passover this month, according to two people with knowledge of their travel plans, even as seders across the country were canceled and families gathered remotely over apps like Zoom.

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“We’re all in this together,” she said in a video message she posted on social media.

“We’ll emerge from this stronger than ever before, and maybe more deeply and profoundly connected with our own humanity and our core values,” she said, adding, “Let’s do everything we can to stop the spread.”

To read the article in its entirety in the New York Times, click here.

Lakewood, NJ – A Covid-19 Hotspot, Corona Carnival Cancelled, CoronaDog Giveaway Set for April 7, 2020, REALLY?

REPUBLISHED IN ITS ENTIRETY FROM THE BLOG OF WWW.RISEUPOCEANCOUNTY.COM

We are asking our readers to go to the bottom of the page and get in touch with law enforcement and government officials. With New Jersey’s Covid-19 numbers rising at an alarmingly high rate, and with a disproportionate number of those infected coming out of Lakewood and other religious communities (of all religions) the lawlessness is costing everyone in life and in a financial future.

Forget about the optics because the anti-Semitism alarm will be sounded for the next 20 years, mark our words, at this rate of religious defiance, Covid-19 will be the watershed point making any bridge for better rations with Orthodox Jewish communities impossible.  

It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a whole lot of villages to raise a petulant group of religious zealots who refuse to accept the law of the land. The religion is irrelevant. The numbers speak for themselves.

CoronaDog Giveaway Scheduled For Tomorrow In Lakewood

Tomorrow voices throughout Lakewood will rise up in unison and announce to the world…“CORONA DOGS, GET YOUR CORONA DOGS HERE!”

With the announced CoronaDog giveaway, suddenly a drive up CoronaCarnival doesn’t sound like such a bad idea after all.

The drive-up CornoaCarnival was planned so that10,000 toy spinners and a log of chocolate could be distributed to children in Lakewood, thankfully the organizer had a change of heart and postponed that event.  Not wanting to be outdone when it comes to incredibly bad ideas, a group of generous donors have declared  “HOLD MY BEER” as they ready distribution of 10,000 free CoronaDog meals tomorrow.  Their hope is that through this Kidush Hashem (kind gesture that is pleasing to God) they will bring blessings to their friend Chaim Aryeh Zev who is currently hospitalized with, you guessed it, coronavirus.

 

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Lakewood Neighbors, The Unity Project, Rise Up Ocean County – Building Bridges?

Reprinted in its entirety from www.riseupoceancounty.com

If Only We Better Understood The Orthodox Jewish Faith…sigh.

April 4, 2020

In the last three weeks the Asbury Park Press has written FIFTY articles about Lakewood, most having a somewhat favorable if not distorted slant.  THere are links at the end of this post to all fifty.  At a time that the optics for Lakewood are HORRIBLE (weddings, funerals, school buses, engagement parties) leave it to the Asbury Park Press to come to the rescue.  Kinda, sorta.

Recently the first Jackson Township Multicultural Committee meeting took place and by all accounts it is a regurgitation of Lakewood Neighbors, One Ocean County and our personal favorite, the Unity Project, sponsored of course by…drumroll….The Asbury Park Press.

Last September Randy Bergmann, the head of the Asbury Park Press Unity Project, wrote a piece for the Asbury Park Press describing The Unity Project and posing some questions.  On our Facebook page we wrote a rubuttal.

In his piece he would have you believe that if only gentiles would better understand orthodox Jews, peace and harmony would rule the land. Following his reasoning, he would also have you believe that Stevie Wonder is best suited to drive a car, in Lakewood at 3pm.

That might explain why the Unity Project is designed exclusively to vomit out orthodox Jewish propaganda and why it is doomed to fail. You can read his piece in its’ entirety here: https://www.app.com/…/nj-lakewood-orthodox-jews…/3780450002/ . For an indication of the perspective that the unity project approaches things from, please note in the link the words ANTI-SEMITISM, JACKSON AND TOMS RIVER.

Anyhow, in his most recent missive he asks a series of questions, we are happy to provide the answers for him right here and right now:

 

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If You Have to Hire Agencies to Patrol, Compliance is not Voluntary but Forced – Gov. Murphy Where are You – Covid-19

COMMENTS FROM OUR NEW JERSEY READERS:

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If they have to hire agencies to patrol the town for illegal gathering then obviously some lawlessness is continuing in substantial numbers in Lakewood!!

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Why is Governor Murphy Not Condemning this Behavior Vigorously?

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Why is AG Burbir Grewal Not Getting More Active?

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Coronavirus in Lakewood: Agencies join forces to battle illegal gatherings

 

The Murphy administration ratcheted up pressure Wednesday in tamping down illegal gatherings in Lakewood.

Colonel Patrick Callahan, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced at the state’s daily press briefing a “partnership to supplement” Lakewood’s efforts to “ensure 100% compliance” with Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive stay at home order. The joint effort is between the state police, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office and Lakewood police.

In the latest incident in Lakewood, police broke up an engagement party Tuesday, charging ten adults, including a 99-year-old man, with violating the statewide order on social distancing.

CORONAVIRUS IN LAKEWOODCops shut down engagement party

 

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