Toms River certainly has been getting its share of haredi headaches lately. The rural town has been trying to combat aggressive haredi real estate buying tactics from nearby Lakewood. And their local Chabad rabbi, Rabbi Moshe Gourarie, has already shown the town that he has little or no regard for their local zoning laws.
A town meeting last December drew over 1,200 participants to determine if Gourarie should be allowed a permit to operate a Chabad Jewish Center on his seven-acre property which contains a 5,500-square-foot main house and a 1,400-square-foot garage. Gourarie’s Chabad is a nonprofit organization, and he does not pay taxes on the property, where he and his family also live (a familiar scenario in the Chabad House business model). Nearly 5,000 people have signed a petition opposing the application of the permit.
Ashbury Park Press has a detailed history of the Toms River Chabad conflict.
Patch.com has current details about the rescheduling of the Township Council meeting.
The change comes in the wake of the date being revealed at the Toms River Township Council meeting Tuesday night, where a resident questioned the date.
Michael DeDominicis queried the Toms River council about the date Tuesday evening, and was told by township officials that the date of the hearing was indeed March 31.
DeDominicis complained, saying the date falls during the spring break week scheduled by the Toms River Regional School District. Spring Break runs from Friday, March 25 through Sunday, April 2, according to the school district calendar.
“People will be away on vacation,” DeDominicis said.
Toms River Council President Brian Kubiel said the council would contact the zoning board about the date and the conflict with the school district’s spring break week.
Here are a couple of aerial views of the Toms River Chabad at 2001 Church Road (oh, the irony):
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could manipulate the system for a nice tax-free estate?