BREAKING: Jackson Planning Board Approves First Shul Under Township’s New, Less Restrictive Law

The Jackson Planning Board on Monday evening approved plans by K’hal Jackson Pines, led by Rav Chaim Lubin, to construct a shul and a connected rav’s house at 217 Brewers Bridge Road, near S. Cooks Bridge Road.

It is the first shul to be approved under Jackson’s law given final approval this past December that eased the establishment of shuls, schools, and mikvaos in the township. A total of seven shuls are now submitting plans for their own buildings under the new rules.

The plans approved this evening call for a two-story shul with a basement, and includes a 2,117 square foot bais medrash, a 312-foot ezras nashim, and a large simcha room in the basement.

The shul’s approval tonight was made possible through efforts by Agudath Israel’s New Jersey Office, at that point led by now-Assemblyman Avi Schnall, which sued Jackson for alleged discrimination against Orthodox Jewish residents.

Jackson officials settled the discrimination lawsuit last year, agreeing to ease the qualification burden to receive approvals for various structures used for religious activities, including shuls.

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