BREAKING: Jackson Council Approves Ordinance Making It Easier To Establish Shuls and Mikvaos

The Jackson Township Council on Tuesday evening unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that will greatly enhance the ability of kehillos in the township to establish shuls and mikavos in their neighborhoods.

Prior to the ordinance, kehillos wishing to establish shuls faced the monumental task of finding a property with a minimum size of two acres on which to place their building. This has forced most kehillos in the township to hold minyanim in people’s homes.

With tonight’s ordinance passing, the minimum property size required for a shul would be dropped to 1 acre in most areas of Jackson, with just half an acre required for shuls in some sections, including the Brookwood neighborhoods. The ordinance still must pass a second reading.

This ordinance is perhaps the most pro-Orthodox Jewish move the township has ever made, and comes after years of work by local askanim to push this plan forward.

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  1. Jackson Township Council has to be applauded for it’s recognition of religious freedom and gathering spaces. The take away, is practicing faith based community involvement enriches a mutual respect for everyone to share in faith base beliefs ,which makes the community stronger and quality of life enrichment.


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