The Jackson Zoning Board on Wednesday night rejected an amended proposal from Rabbi Matzliach’s shul on Ashford Road to build an extension that would make their garage an area where it is legal to have minyanim.
While a private home is legally allowed to host minyanim, the Zoning Board ruled back in May that the Matzliach’s detached garage, where minyanim are held, is not permitted to host prayers. The applicants pushed back against the claim that the garage is separate from their home, insisting that family members often use it as part of their home, but to no avail.
In a new proposal posed to the Board last night, the Matzliach’s requested to build an extension to the garage for additional family living space. However, the Board members said that the new application was “inconsistent” with their previous application and testimony, and therefore denied approving it.