This week the Jackson Township Council voted to approve two ordinances agreed to as part of its settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, and Agudath Israel of America.
The council’s commitment to the religious freedom of all residents reflects a dedication to the values of fairness and inclusivity that contribute to the well-being of the Jackson community.
However, while Agudath Israel appreciates the democratic process that allows for diverse opinions, we wish to express our deep concern regarding the hateful rhetoric espoused by members of the public prior to and following the vote.
Comments referring to a “cultural genocide,” “a hostile takeover” of Jackson Township by the “Hasidic community” and calls to bar an Orthodox council member from voting, are shocking, and, quite frankly, played a role in the filing of the original lawsuit.
Respectful dialogue is essential for fostering understanding and unity within our community, and we hope that moving forward, all discussions can be conducted with civility and respect for differing viewpoints.
Agudath Israel remains committed to working collaboratively with the Jackson Council to ensure the continued prosperity and harmony of our community. We believe that open and constructive communication is the key to addressing the concerns of all residents and finding common ground that benefits everyone.