At a meeting of the Jackson Township Council before a large crowd at the Jackson Memorial High School Auditorium, two ordinances to ease the establishment of shuls, yeshivos, dorms, and mikvaos, was given final approval.
The ordinances are part of the settlement Jackson representatives reached with Agudath Israel over its lawsuit alleging discrimination, filed more than 7 years ago.
Agudah NJ Legislative Affairs Director Shlomo Schorr – whose predecessor, Assemblyman-elect Avi Schnall, led the lawsuit – spoke following the Council’s vote.
“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to each member of the council, as well as Mayor Mike Reina, for your dedication and commitment to finding common ground, enabling us – after over 7 years – to reach this resolution,” Schorr said.
He continued: “In our diverse society, it is crucial that we work together to address the concerns of all residents, while at the same time upholding the principles of religious freedom, allowing all to live in harmony within this beautiful and growing community. The settlement of this lawsuit signifies not only a legal agreement but also a testament to the power of dialogue and mutual respect. We believe that through continued collaboration, we can build bridges of understanding that strengthen the fabric of this community.”
The entirety of the ordinances passed this evening can be read by clicking here.