Brick NJ sues Orthodox Jewish boys’ school for opening

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BRICK – An Orthodox Jewish boys’ school that opened without Planning Council approval has been sued by a law firm representing the Township of The Brick.

Lakewood’s Kehilos Yisroel Inc. congregation bought the former Beth Or Temple on Van Zile Road in March for $ 3.6 million. In May, neighbors told township officials that the old temple was being used as a private school for boys.

While private schools are allowed in the neighborhood, new owners of the temple must approach the planning council to change the use of the building, according to township officials.

“The new owners have confirmed that the (old) Temple Beth Gold site is now leased and used as a private boys’ high school,” Brick Business administrator Joanne Bergin told reporters in an email last week.

The former Beth Or Temple on Van Zile Road in Brick Township is shown on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. The new owners of the site began operating it as an Orthodox Jewish Boys' High School before obtaining the required approvals from the site. township, according to Brick officials.

Neither the new owners nor their legal advisor responded to requests for comment.

On Friday, attorney Ronald Cucchiaro of the Weiner Law Group, who represents The Brick, filed a lawsuit in Toms River Superior Court, accusing the congregation of “refusing to comply with the requirements of the zoning and land use ordinances of Brick and deny (ing) seek the appropriate approvals before the relevant land use board. “

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The lawsuit asks the court to force the school to close until it obtains the necessary permits to operate. The claim is also intended to recover legal fees and related expenses.

According to Brick officials.

Levin Shea Pfeffer & Goldman’s attorney Adam Pfeffer in Jackson represents the new owners, according to Cucchiaro. Pfeffer did not respond to a request for comment.

The ancient temple spans 2.5 acres, has more than 100 on-site parking spaces, accommodating more than 200 people, and includes a large gymnasium, according to a real estate listing from the temple sale.

The Brick’s zoning agent, Christopher Romano, said last week he tried to schedule a conference call with the new owners, but was unsuccessful. As a result, he sent notices of violation to the congregation, he said.

Amanda Oglesby is originally from Ocean County and covers the townships of Brick, Barnegat and Lacey as well as the environment. She has worked for the press for over a decade. Contact her at @OglesbyAPP, [email protected] or 732-557-5701.


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