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Yeshiva Objection to Ocean Planning Overturned by Court Order

OCEAN TOWNSHIP: On Aug. 25 the Ocean Township's Board of Adjustment refusing the application to allow the Yeshiva Gedola Na'os Yaakov to upgrade a current high school level facility to allow post high school level religious students to attend a above 18-year old school had been overturned by the Federal Court after appeal by the Yeshiva for relief from the local decision.

The court found the purpose of the school to be inherently beneficial, acceptable on a physical structure and facilities basis and that the application was refused on religious bias.

The Ocean panel declined the application for a 86 student body, said the current use is for up to high school level, that other concerns for neighborhood impact and what happens if the new school closes or sells the property to another operation later, and also the potential interference with law and order protection if those matters were dependent on the school's administration to enforce.

The court relied on an earlier decision at the federal and state levels which confronted what was labeled bias constraints by municipalities that impact religious freedom.


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