Jackson Township Approves Ordinance that Will Negatively Impact Eruv Construction


A meeting in Jackson, NJ last night ended with an ordinance being passed to block the possibility of an eruv being built in the town.

Ordinance NO. 20-17 states: “No person shall encumber or obstruct any street or public place with any article or thing whatsoever.”

SECTION 2: “All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.”

Section 2 refers to a loophole in the town’s laws which allows for the Mayor to bypass rules barring obstructions to be placed in a public place. Getting the Mayor to sign off on an eruv was the eventual course of action planned for askanim in Jackson, who work tirelessly to meet the needs the quick growing Jewish community there and are now left without any legal recourse.



  1. I personally can`t stand the unsightly “Rambam” eruivin ppl in Lakewood put up .
    If you want an eiruv use the one in the area and don`t make us all suffer

  2. This hopefully will serve as the impetus to organize a voting bloc. If the growing Orthodox community will be able to show a list of a thousand voters (husbands, wives, grown children) who will faithfully vote in every election as a united bloc, the politicians will line up to rewrite these unfortunate ordinances. And when the list grows to two and three thousand voters, the variances to allow Shabbos minyanim in homes (ie. residential areas with no parking lots) will follow suit.

    Be patient, be united and keep buying those lovely, affordable Jackson homes.

  3. Jackson homes are cheap. I have several friends and family who just bought. Some houses are 300s with being detached and plenty of space. No need to pay 600 thousand and up.

  4. They used a white plumbing pipe. If they used electrical steel pipe conduit and ran it alongside existing piping which many poles already have it would not be so noticeable. BUT ARROGANCE not thinking how can he do this very subtlely was his way. like when they pray swing their coats and ztiztit shaking hitting me praying next to them as if they are the only one in the world. ITS CALLED THINKING before you act.

  5. A utility pole is not a public place, it belongs to the power or phone company. Attaching a barely visible thin strip to a utility pole, with company’s permission of course, is not any kind of obstruction in a public place. Any decent lawyer can make this case. On the other hand, if the town sets up all kinds of goyishe holidays decorations on public property, that would seem to be a clear violation of the new law. There’s no way that the town will forgo their holiday decorations in public place, while they won’t allow an infinitely less obstructing eruv pole – that’s a clear discrimination and another great argument for an attorney.

  6. I managed to grow up without an eruv and I keep the Torah and do Mitzvos. True we need to sue their pants off, but let’s keep perspective. The world did not end.

  7. There no such thing as no legal recourse! If the town passed this law and it can be proven that it’s to stop an erev that can be contested in court as bias. Remember the news controls the courts. Sue the town and keep them real busy defending they probably will concede.


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