Thursday, May 11, 2017

Suit Challenges Zoning Laws As Discriminatory Against Orthodox Jews

Agudath Israel of America filed suit this week in a New Jersey federal district court contending that zoning ordinances enacted this year by the Township of Jackson, New Jersey were motivated by discriminatory animus against the Orthodox Jewish community and were designed "to prevent that community from being able to have the necessary educational institutions to teach their youth, and to discourage that community from residing in Jackson Township."  The complaint (full text) in Agudath Israel of America v. Township of Jackson, New Jersey, (D NJ, filed 5/8/2017), alleges in part:
The Ordinances are the latest action taken by the Township in a long campaign to erect a wall on its border with Lakewood Township, where many Orthodox Jews live, in order to discourage them from moving into Jackson. Its Mayor has told residents “Don’t sell” to the Orthodox Jewish community, its Township Council President said that a suggestion that Orthodox Jews move into communities such as Jackson was “reprehensible”....
The Lakewood Scoop reports on the lawsuit.