Sunday, January 31, 2016

Rich Roberts addresses the speech

From Only Simchas The Following was written by by Richard H. Roberts, M.D., Ph.D.
I have never spoken with Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz, nor heard him speak, until a video of his speech last week regarding the Lakewood community vis-a-vis its school system. It is clear that Reb Shlomo is a tsaddik who cares about the suffering and welfare of Lakewood children and families and who uses his time, energy, thought, and money to try to rectify some of our challenges. The following information should enable him to more precisely identify the challenges to more effectively target his solutions.

Siyum Yartzheit for the Manchester Rosh Yeshiva Zatzal

There will be an atzeres zikaron marking the yartzheit of the Manchester Rosh Yeshiva Harav Yehuda Zev Segal ZT""L. Tonight Sunday 10:15 pm. @ zichron shneur on Oak knoll. Rav Yisroel Reisman Rav of Chateau park will speak divrei hesped.

The Rechnitz Cap

                                                     A Tuvias from Monsey special

Are we not allowed to walk?

Today was a very busy and active day in Lakewood. Midwinter vacation, girls off from school nice weather and thousands of families were out and about shopping, doing errands and going on mini family trips. Gourmet Glatt had a big minyan for mincha, other stores were full as well. A week after the storm, the roadways are dangerous for pedestrians to cross or even walk. Mothers pushing strollers were forced onto roadways, sidewalks at busy intersections have huge mounds of snow with nowhere safe to walk or cross. Why was nothing done? where is the township or the  state when it comes to them doing their part to clean sidewalks and provide a safe path for pedestrians?

Live stream: Levaya of Harav Belsky ZTL in Eretz Yisroel

The shoresh of the problem is our growth Ka''h

The Rosh Yeshiva of woodlake Harav Uren Reich shlita spoke erev shabbos addressed the speech and issues at hand. While heaping praise on his yedid for bringing up the ramah of hachzokas haTorah vechesed, even he if he personally would not have gotten a cent for his yeshiva he is still makir tov for the hachzokas haTorah that he has recently undertaken. You can not judge a person who hears the tzaar of parents and others about not being accepted, but in the same time the RY said he feels the tzaar of the bnei torah the bnei aliyah whose way of life was publicly shamed it was unfortunately a michshol that came out. The Rosh Yeshiva said it was not the proper venue or the right message given over to a crowd of a thousand bnei torah and choshuv baalei batim. He has delved into the issue and the root cause is a result of our explosive growth. Lakewood is growing by leaps and bounds and we are just not keeping up with infrastructure there are not enough incentives to get people to open schools. Yes, it is a serious issue said the RY we must sit together and deal with the schooling problem we should form a committee and think of ways to tackle and fix the problem however the besmirching of our heiligeh youngeleit had no place and is not the main contributing factor for the lack of acceptance into schools. Elitism is something we all have just as the rich and famous will not sit together with the rifraf for no good reason. Here we have yereim ushleimim who want to do ratzon hashem and strive for a life of dikduk hamitvos and always improving. What do you want when a school only has 12 open slots and 400 applicants dont you think the school will decide what is the best product for them?  We have to be practical with what we face.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The conversation begins

 After all the controversy surrounding 'the speech' it is already having an impact. It was the conversation that drew passionate responses and opinions but all agree that the system has to be fixed. No longer do parents have to fight their way to get their kid into school.
One particular school took notice and made a change. Previously they would send a list of parents who were accepted to others that were applying for the same class. They have decided to stop this practice as the focus should not be on who the other parents are.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Shaimos alert TVOL

Pg. 214 has Shem  hashem in the background of the picture

Shabbos walkers should be careful, as snow still covers walkways

With the streets cleared and  snow gone the sidewalks and shoulders of the roads are still covered in snow forcing pedestrians on to the roadways. The township and homeowners are responsible to clear these walking ways. Along Route 9 and other busy roads walkers have no were to go but the busy street hoping no car drives by. Maybe the township can send out crews and clear the sidewalks so the 20,000 men and boys walking should be able to do so safely.

Snow Melts in Lakewood, Frustration Remains

An article in Hamodia about the disastrous response by the township to the snow storm. 
Hamodia Even as snow steadily receded throughout the week, nuisances and aggravation over what was labeled a botched clean-up effort lingered. As Hamodia reported Monday, while snow tapered off Motzoei Shabbos, Sunday morning found many major roads only partially cleared and nearly all side streets untouched by plows.

“It seems as if there was no one here to run things,” said one Lakewood mother. “That on Tuesday, three days after the snow, the girls still could not have busing is ridiculous.”

On Monday, many schools were not able to open at all, as streets and driveways had not been cleared. Despite school openings on Tuesday, without busing and with many streets still not fully cleared, the mother said that many parents were fearful about driving themselves.

Bus from Lakewood to the Levaya of Rav Belsky zatzal

A Bus left from the Irvington 10th and Clifton, Lakewood to the Levaya of Harav Yisrael Belsky Zatzal at 8:30
The levaya will be broadcast live  on J Root Radio 95.1 FM or 
call into 712-432-4217

Petira of Rav Yaakov Gartenhouse Z'L

The levaya of Rav Yakov Gartenhouse Z'L father of  Reb Nisan  and Reb Avrohom will take place today at Shomrei hachomos 4218 ft. Hamilton parkwayy Brooklyn NY 12.00pm

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Seasons grand opening soon

Baruch Dayan Ha’emes: Hagaon Harav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, zt”l

It is with hearts full of sadness and grief that we report the passing of Hagaon Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas in Kensington, Brooklyn. He was 78 years old. The levayah will be held at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, located at 425 East 9th Street, between Ditmas Avenue and Courtelyou Road, in Brooklyn, NY. Specific details will be provided once they are finalized. Kevurah will take place in Eretz Yisroel.

נחמו נחמו עמי

Township nets $4,500,000 in public land auction

Lakewood, NJ, Township municipal coffers are nearly $4,500,000 richer after the recent public auction of much coveted land in the Oak Street school corridor. The Township received buyers’ deposits totaling $450,000 for 8.22 acres of land for schools. Township officials had worked diligently with both the municipal planner and tax assessor to designate land to be auctioned solely for the purpose of educational facilities. There were over 20 mosdos that came with hopes of snagging one of the parcels.

“I am pleasantly surprised at how well this public auction went,” says Municipal Manager Tom Henshaw. “It was amazing to see the camaraderie amongst the various schools despite the fact that they were bidding against each other.”

Reports of an earthquake in Ocean county and across south NJ

Updated:  The U.S. Geological Survey confirms that today's rumblings were not from an earthquake, but from a sonic boom..
 The USGS is investigating click HERE
According to the United States Geological Survey, there were no tremors registered today in New Jersey or throughout the region. Ground rattles are also common during training exercises at the Joint Base in Ocean County, but there was no scheduled activity there today. As of 2:00 p.m., it is not known what triggered today's incident. 

Reports on social media of houses shaking in Ocean county and south Jersey as a possible earthquake may have taken place. Some in Lakewood claim they felt it too. Others near Atlantic county felt the ground shaking but there are no official news reports about it. Residents report at least two ground shaking sensations around South Jersey.

"Anyone using my comments to support their own ulterior agendas are twisting my words". SYR

 Attention, Yair Hoffman, YWN, VIN and all other Lakewood bashers who were gleeful to use the speech made by Rechnitz and bash the ihr haTorah owes an apology to the entire Lakewood Tzibbur. The chutzpah of you to stick in your two cents and blast an entire city in which you know nothing about is shameful and degrading. Have you done anything in the past to help get children into schools and alleviate the crisis? did you ever come to Lakewood and see it? Now is your chance to ask Mechila berabim for what you have said.

R' S. Y. Rechnitz, apoligizes, removes himself from Lakewood schooling issue will continue to support financialy

Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz  Issued a clarification letter regarding the speech he gave to Lakewood it was posted on Matzav.

Dear Readers, As there is a lot of confusion regarding my speech, I would like to clarify some of my points and my intentions. I apologize for any typos etc….but I am writing at a very inconvenient time from a very inconvenient place (Maimonides Hospital). I nevertheless feel it’s important to write now, to avoid anymore potential Lashon Harah.

I apologize and ask Mechila for not for seeing the possibility of people using my comments out of context. The point of my speech was to deliver one message, and one message only, and that is to make sure that there is a place in school for all our children in Lakewood. It was not meant in any way to “bash” Lakewood or its leaders. Anyone using my comments to support their own ulterior agendas are twisting my words. I am not Anti-Lakewood or Anti-Kollel, and if that happens to be your position, I would reccomend you take a tour of the city and its Mikomos Hakdoshim and I assure you, that you will be impressed. Anyone who is somewhat familiar with the substantial financial resources that I’ve invested and will continue to invest in Lakewood, would quickly come to the conclusion that I adore Lakewood, realize how important it is for Torah, Kavod Hatorah, Harbatzos Hatorah and for Kiyum Ha’olam, and how much I need to be a part of it. I consider its inhabitants as my Family, and am proud and thankful that I can be a part of this extraordinary Makom Torah. Besides supporting the Mosdos, I think I’ve proven that I try to do everything in my power to help any Yungerman or their children in a time of need, and IY’H hope to continue to do so, in addition to the rest of Klal Yisroel.

10,000 cars could hit township streets during the morning and afternoon rush

After the total rejection of the state monitor at the polls and his failed referendum Lakewood police chief Rob Lawson is expecting 10,000 cars could hit township streets during the morning and afternoon rushes in according to a report in the APP.  Once courtesy busing ends  you will have 10,000  kids walking to school on Lakewood's dangerous roads.  The Township Committee is looking to hire additional crossing guards to supplement officers assigned to traffic duty. Read more at

Midwinter break begins

Talk about timing after having off for a few days because of snow, some schools begin mid winter vacation this afternoon. 

-Sky zone trampoline park boys jump only today January 28 Sign in 2:15- 3:00 Jump time -3-4 pm. $16

The big idea

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Masa Umatan rental list

 The Rental List is a very popular feature in Masa U'Matan Click HERE for the current list

Video: Mosdos bidding for their schools at Township property auction

Video by First amendment activist

BOE Special Meeting Notice

BOE Special Meeting Notice - Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Lakewood High School Commons.  The purpose is to discuss the failed Referendum and the next steps toward a solution to the Transportation Crisis. The Board may take action.  
Guest speakers will include the District Auditor, Board Counsel and the District’s Transportation Consultant.  If you have any questions in regard to this notice, please contact the Business Office during regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at (732) 905-3641. 

New ads in the weeklies

Post storm

It was all a rumor. Rumor that the township plowed for the event on Lake terrace is not true. It was paid with private funds.

Lakewood Chaveirim, storm stats:  Dispatchers and members responded to 744 calls, 96 of them were medical related.

What changed

Recently tls wrote if your looking for shmutz or LH don't come to us you got the wrong address. The article did not mention the tls Facebook page which has been used as a lkwd bashing forum. To their credit it has since been cleaned up and moderated, hat tip to them. Surprisingly it has allowed comments in its coverage of the rechnitz speech that may fall on the category of LH.

In other news gas in Lakewood is now $1.49

Rosh Mossad responds

LETTER circulating on FB 
In Response to the Confusion of Sunday Night’s Fiery Speech Jan 27 2016 8:58 am The recent speech given by the philanthropist Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz in Lakewood drew a great deal of attention.
Some were confused by it, and some took it as an opportunity to bash a specific community and specific institutions within that community without regard for the facts of the matter or the many variables that are at play. As an individual with intimate experience within the system of the Lakewood mosdos hachinuch, and one who is in constant contact with many Roshei Mosdos and askanim who are involved in placing children into schools, I felt the need to address the points made by R’ Rechnitz in his speech, as well as the overall tone of the speech.

Interpeting the speech

A person hears what he wants to hear. Read this article from The times of Israel on the Rechnitz speech.
This is not just a clarion issue for Lakewood. Rechnitz has exposed the failings of Hareidi communities everywhere. But beyond this is the fact that there are now a good number of Lakewood people trying to discredit Rechnitz. As the owner of a large chain of health facilities it is inevitable that his organization is under investigation. He has not been personally implicated and there have not been any reports finalized yet. Still, for many Lakewooders Rechnitz is now persona non grata, and someone to vilify. But that cannot happen. And that is what really makes this story so important.

Remember the asaifa, the gathering to demand that the internet be banned? And, that you should only use a kosher phone not a smart phone with an internet connection? Internet connections were and in many communities remain, the work of the devil. This story is precisely why there was such an intense push to ban internet services. Rechnitz’s speech has caught on like wild fire.

Belz mosdos- Lakewood acceptance takkanos

What will Rechnitz tell them?

DPW head resigns, workers stay on no action by tough talking mayor

According to a report in the   "The township's  public works director has resigned from his post. Alvin Burdge submitted his resignation Tuesday amid ongoing criticism of his department's handling of last weekend's storm, according to the report on TLS. No disciplinary action is being taken for now against unionized public works employees who failed to report for storm duty, Township Manager Thomas Henshaw. read more HERE at

Opposition to the smart growth plan

Lakewood is seeking an endorsement from the State this morning to move forward with high density growth in specific areas neighboring town look to oppose and start a letter writing campaign.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
To the State Planning Commission,
I am presenting this email in response to the Endorsement proposal that is before you by Lakewood Township on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 9:30am.  I am a resident of one of the neighboring communities bordering Lakewood Township and believe it is necessary that the residents from Toms River, Howell and Jackson have a voice as to the impact on continued growth Lakewood Township is touting as “smart growth.”  After reading through the proposal sent before you by the Planning department of Lakewood Township, it is evident that almost all of the proposals are speculative and lack a definitive approach to addressing the issues that are included

Storm updates for Lakewood -newer alerts on top of post

Regular scheduled BOE busing and school today

DPW director submits resignation to Township- they accept

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Referendum voted down, now what?

The big question is now what? the referendum that cost the tax payers tens of thousands of dollars was shot down by over 98% of voters. As it stands now courtesy busing is said to end on February 23rd. Anyone living outside 2.5 miles from their school will have BOE busing mandated by the state. schools located in industrial park will have district busing for most of their students. The township is setting up a contingency plan for when courtesy busing ends. But, lots can happen within the next 3 weeks. The ones who will lose out the most are the 2000 public school kids who get courtesy busing. That is 40% of the public school population, many just wont show up to school and the district can not afford that. When the referendum was announced they thought the non public's will fall for the threat and vote for it. It backfired and now they will have empty classrooms with low attendance. Chances are they will find money in the budget for courtesy busing. The Igud may hire a lawyer to get an injunction or sue the monitor and state in court which will keep buses rolling while they look for solutions.

Video: Lakewood planning board last week

Courtesy busing referendum voted down by 98%

View results HERE 

Yes 108       1.41%    
 No 7,561   98.59%
   As polls closed the busing referendum was voted down by over 98% of Lakewood residents who voted. voter turnout was at 17.82 %.
  This is a strong message to the incompetent state Monitor who is looking to put the blame on the orthodox schools for the districts spending problems. The fun begins now. Lawyers may seek an injunction to keep the busing going. 

Did you vote

Floodgates of Lakewood bashing have burst open

The hate and sinah has been pouring in from outsiders who've never lived here or dont understand what the reality is. Lakewood, New Jersey bore the brunt of two massive storms this weekend was the opening line to the VIN article. Yeshiva world news pinned the Rechnitz speech with Rabbi Yair Hoffman sticking in his two cents poking fun at the entire Lakewood tzibbur. "It was a powerful, emotional speech that cut to the very heart of a grave and critical problem that is uniquely affecting the Jewish community in Lakewood " Yair Hoffman said. The comments are nothing but bashing the entire Lakewood, by clueless and  ignoramus, haters that have crawled out from their hole. YAY another Lakewood bashing news article. This is even more of a reason why this speech should not have been said in a public forum. The bottom line is there is a lack of space and when you have that it leads to other issues. There are many kollel guys who get the runaround from roshei mosdos  when they apply why were they absolved but the entire tzibbur was blasted?? does this issue also not exisits in other communities? It sure does but when it comes to lakewood everyone likes to spew their sinah. What a shame!

Busing referendum, of course they say to vote no

 Note some districts have been moved. Click HERE for voting districts. There is no voting in the Eleanor Levovitz building.
The courtesy busing referendum is today from 2-8 pm. the Vaad and Igud at the last minute when it was clear the tzibbur is against it, and it has no shot of passing have jumped on the band wagon calling for a no vote. That is leading from behind and than you lose the followers. Why have they been silent from the onset?

NJ101.5- Should Lakewood public workers be fired?

NJ101.5 I spoke this morning at great length about a group of unionized public workers that failed to show up for work on Saturday during the blizzard. The absences left snow plows idle and many roads throughout the town going untouched.

How much does the BOE pay for snow removal

Now they wake up

As usual the tzibbur is kept in the dark before an election or referendum or for that matter any important decision. Instead of  giving enough time to debate the issue to understand two sides and known whats at stake it is sprung on us with very short notice. Usually an ad goes up a few days before an election or sometimes its a phone call as close as election day itself. No back and forth no explanations or reasons given, no healthy debate just do as we say vote for so and so. This referendum on courtesy busing will be voted down why did the vaad igud wait till the last minute how are people suppose to know? is it fair to treat the tzibbur like this?

Township investigating why DPW workers failed to report to work, in weather emergency.

APP -LAKEWOOD - A “large percentage” of unionized public works employees failed to show up for work during the weekend’s snowstorm, leaving snow plows sitting idle and snowbound residents and business owners fuming about the sluggish cleanup. According to "the township manager and township attorney were conducting interviews with employees to find out what happened. "“There are some personnel issues that are going to be resolved. We’re looking to do it quickly, but obviously it has to be done properly,” Township Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein said Monday. The township had to hire private contractors to clear the streets, which could cost upward of $100,000 or more, Lichtenstein estimated according to the report. the workers in question are members of Teamsters Local 97, which has recently been involved in contract talks with the township, Lichtenstein said. Lichtenstein said that as of midday Monday plows had reached virtually all township-owned roads,

Monday, January 25, 2016


Tefillos for Rav Belsky tonight in Lakewood

Family members of Maran Rav Chaim Yisroel Belsky, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas in Kensington, Brooklyn, tell that talmidim of the rosh yeshiva and others will be gathering in Lakewood, NJ, tonight to daven for a refuah sheleimah. The gathering will be held at Khal Zichron Yaakov (Rav Gissniger’s shul), located at 175 Sunset Road, at 10 p.m.

Not a word from the Vaad on the referendum

While we are busy with the storm the referendum on courtesy busing is scheduled to take place this Tuesday  January 26th. The district wants an additional 6.2 million dollars for busing costs. A no vote means no more courtesy busing as of  February 23rd. The Vaad have so far not said a word on how to proceed or which way to vote. no flyers or ads were placed in any of the local weeklies. The referendum will most probably be voted down as there is not much support for it from the taxpayers. The seniors already vowed to vote against it as did many residents. Surprisingly the vaad just avoids the issue. Why not take a  stance this is where it counts. Do they only ask us to vote for the elected officials but than when it comes down to doing they just keep away? Not a word from the assemblyman we voted into office, why cant they do anything?

Was the speech to harsh?

Following the speech by Reb Shlomo yehuda Rechnitz many in the tzibbur feel the speech was way too harsh. Perhaps he was mislead or misinformed but it was said in a condescending tone that many question if it should have been said publicly broadcast on the web or said at all. To lump all youingeleit as having these ani maamins and portraying them as arrogant with a holier than though attitude is hurtful. Did Rabbi Shlomo Chaim kanarek approve of this message? many are wondering. For now perhaps there will be a retraction or a clarification.

Media complacent in talking down to the Lakewood tzibbur

First it was VIN who covered the Lakewood coffee story they never miss an opportunity to cover Lakewood in a bad light whenever there is a story that can paint us bad they are there reporting on it. Than the comments blame the entire Lakewood tzibbur for the actions of one. Than during the storm a local news outlet reported "Police commend Lakewood community for staying off the roads this evening. State of emergency still in effect." this was posted a few hours after shabbos when no one was even able to get out the plows did not even show at that point. It was apparently a dig as if to say, yes we all drive  around smack in middle of the storm so the crews cant properly plow the streets. These stereotypes are only strengthened when our media outlets keep on feeding this information.

Storm aftermath- Residents start petition

The following petition was sent to the township committee HERE
As I'm sure you all know, our town was hit with a severe blizzard on January 22nd. The storm dumped nearly two feet of snow on the streets of Lakewood. The storm was accurately forecasted by meteorologists, and as such, should have been taken properly into account by the Department of Public Works. However, as is painfully obvious to all, the Township has done a horrific job of getting the roads plowed and drivable. Clearly there is a serious lack of planning, oversight, and most importantly, competence in Lakewood's Department of Public Works. The leadership must change and should begin at the top with the resignation of Department of Public Works Director Alvin Burdge. Please sign and share this petition with others so that hopefully, as a community, we can make some meaningful change.

Many residents still stuck at home

How am I getting to work today or driving the boys? roads have still not been plowed. The freezing temps made it harder now for the snow to be cleared as it has been packed down. Some boys schools are open today although there is no transportation and not all parents can drive the kids to school. Tomorrow Tuesday the weather is set to warm up in the 40's.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Reb Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz addresses issue of accepting kids into school in lakewood

"Lakewood celebrates Tu Bshvat today I want to make a shehechiyanu on our Peiros one in which no child will ever be rejected again. Leave the money to us. Lets treat our children the way we are supposed to treat our children. We all know each other and care for each other we just have to make it work. shechiyanu vekiyemanu lazman hazeh"

At the appreciation event for Reb Shlomo Chaim Kanarek the guest speaker was Rav Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz. He opened up with the tzaar he has witnessed after spending a shabbos with almanos and following a hospital visit with his father in law Harav Chaim Yisrael ben Chana Tzirel Belsky shlita who needs a yeshuah and Refuah. But, that he he said is not something we can control its the derech of hashem. He went on to discuss the man made tzaar and tears of parents that cry out every day that they cant get their kids into school. Or about the girl who feels she will not get a shidduch. A day dosent go by that he is not contacted by crying parents to help them get their child into school. Yehoshua Ben Gamla was the one who made sure that every child in klal yisrael learned Torah. Since then throughout the generations, rebbeim were moser nefesh and schools were opened to teach and transmit Torah to the next generation. We have a machla in lakewood,

Lakewood, NJ Aerial Footage Blizzard 2016

Live stream of appreciation event in Lake Terrace hall

TU Bshvat Lakewood events 5776

6:00 - Shemen Lmincha Mesibas Tu Bshvat 2 Milano Drive
7:15- Payros tisch at the Roberts shul KNA simcha hall Sunday night 7:15 pm

8:45- Tu bishvat  shiur Sunday night @ 8:45 with Reb Mottel Kesserman shlita. Full fleishig spread with peiros (shehechiyanu)  Come and enjoy!

Some got out


The Mayor and committeeman apologized for township snow plowing failure watch video HERE
We have been through this again and again before the storm they issue warnings and photo ops and then when the incompetence is shown they run for the hills. The mayor and committee shirk their responsibility and blame the DPW. Its time to fire em all across the board. There should be elections for these department heads these departments are steeped in incompetence, corruption, and what not. As one of the most highest tax payers in the country its time to stand up and put an end to this runaway train. Were township services diverted for personal favors? we would like to know. Did the Mayor and committee not see all this coming, they are not new to this it is their responsibility to have competent personnel running township departments. Its unfortunate but nothing will change next storm you will see the same game play itself out again. 

FREEZING temps tonight in Lakewood

No, not that freezing, not the snow or cold weather but the door to the Lakewood freezer will open this evening as Tu Bshvat is the unofficial day when new Bochurim start the parsha of shidduchim. The official deadline for the takana is Rosh chodesh Adar, but the dating starts a bit early.

Anger and fury mounts as residents are stuck

Enough of all the self congratulatory videos and photo ops, Lakewood residents  are furious with the township snow plowing efforts. There are streets that did not see a plow since the onset of the storm. Other streets were plowed numerous times again and again. With so much talk and time to prepare they just dont seem to know how to handle this. YWN reports they received numerous emails from Lakewood residents complaining of the lack of snow removal.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Video: Camp SCHI dinner

Homeless man gets put up in a motel after some confusion

Homeless in Lakewood, Part 3
Ron Leggartt, Homeless in Lakewood, promised a place to stay for the storm. Found in his dugout in the snow. No motel. No warm room. Just empty promises
Posted by Shaindy Black on Saturday, January 23, 2016

Where are the plows my road wasnt cleard at all

The usual complaints are in why did I not see a plow come to my street? Why was the other street cleared to the blacktop again and again? who lives on that street? we pay  soo much taxes where is the DPW. It was Shabbos with no cars on the road no excuses. True, but it was a storm they did not prepare for even though they new it was coming. Remember the hype last year to the storm that never came? they were being cautious now but this storm did come. Plows were stuck clearing snow on secondary township roads, for now, enjoy the evening and lets wait for the mayor who rides with the trucks to clear things up. 

All you need to know about the courtesy busing referendum

 "Township officials are developing a contingency plan that would likely involve hiring scores of additional crossing guards and reassigning police officers to traffic control duty" according to a report in  "It’s not clear yet how much all of that would cost. It doesn’t help matters that this is happening in the middle of winter. Why a referendum? what if it fails? APP answers many questions about the upcoming school referendum which so far is set to take place Tuesday January 26th. Read more here

A shabbos to remember

So far 20+ inches has fallen in Lakewood. The snow started falling in middle of the Friday night seudah around 6:45 and snowed non stop through motzei shabbos another 4 inches expected to accumulate tonight, the storm is expected to blow out early Sunday morning. There were brief blackouts in some areas of town and residents moved their cholent to a blech. Luckily the blackouts did not last that long. Older residents stayed home and could not go to shul on shabbos. Stay tuned for school closing and event cancellations.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Southern, central NJ to get heaviest snow of this winter storm

Will start falling in Lakewood at 6 PM
South central New Jersey is expected to get the heaviest snowfall during the winter storm that's expected to pummel the Northeast over the next 36 hours, according to the most recent update from the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.

Simchas Shabbos Shira


Due to the Winter Storm expected Friday evening, January 22nd, through Sunday, January 24th, please move all trash and recycling cans away from the curb and secure all belongings away from the streets and thoroughfares. Please park all vehicles in driveways or parking lots, this will aid plowing trucks to clear snow from our streets. To report power outages, please call JCP&L at 888/544-4877 (Nisht Oif shabbos geredt)

Lakewood Chaveirim seeks help ahead of storm

Have an SUV & available to assist during the storm for Non-Life Threatening Emergencies?Please email Thanks!

Nichum aveilim today in Lakewood at the Rosh Yeshiva Rav Yerucham Olshin shlita

The Rosh Yeshiva Harav Yeruchim Olshin shlita will be sitting shiva following 1:45 Mincha upstairs chaburah rooms of the Forest Avenue Bais Medrash. Corner 11th and Forest.

A new shopping experience

Thursday night at Gourmet Glatt  photo GG

Preparing for the storm

Lakewood shomrim storm briefing

They are also a tzelem eloykim

 If you see a homeless person reach out to them give them some money or food lets show our kids they are  a tzelem eloykim. By doing so we will be mechanech them how to treat all humans with dignity and respect. Usatoday                 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

At Shmuli's Grill & Smokehouse shabbos shira

Thursday night @ Shmuli's Grill & Smokehouse...!! 󾠖󾠕󾠔󾠗
Posted by Shmuli Schwinger on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Churban of social media

Initially there was no reason to believe that a kid  poured hot coffee over the head of a homeless man. We wondered how could it be true where would one even think up something so sick to do and take advantage of another human being. It didn't make any sense. It still dosent make sense. It does not and should not reflect anything on the community but still how could someone imagine it. Than you read the report in the kid who did this said ‘What’s the problem? There’s many others who are doing this. There’s this website and videos on YouTube of other people paying the homeless to do things like that,’’’ Mejia recounted." Well we cant put the blame squarely on this not knowing any facts but the non stop watsapp videos and other short clips taking advantage and making fun of ppl that we circulate each day no doubt has an effect on us. A kid can quickly lose any sensitivity and judgement and got caught up in something that after watching these things non stop you tend to think its normal. Naaseh loi k' heter.

Oif Simchas

Anticipation builds for the speech

What will he say? Reb Shlomo Yehuda always surprises and never lets the suspense get down.  He is expected to speak at the evening of appreciation for Rabbi Kanarek. The press release states he will be addressing some of the timely issues our community faces.Well we know it wont be about the powerball winner that wasn't. Noted mechanech, author and lecturer, Rabbi Yechiel Spero, will be the featured speaker.  Gedolei Roshei Yeshiva, from across the nation, many of whom have or previously had children and grandchildren in Rabbi Kanarek’s mosdos, will be in attendance.  Rabbonim and the Lakewood community at large will join in what is sure to be an inspirational event.


On January 21, 2016 at 7:30 P.M. at the Lakewood Township Municipal Building, 231 Third Street, Lakewood, New Jersey, 08701, the Township of Lakewood will hold an open sale at auction to sell lots owned by the Township and not needed for public use. The Properties are known as:
Block Lot
BLOCK 1135 LOT 1
BLOCK 1142 LOT 1
BLOCK 1143 LOTS 1 & 9
BLOCK 1150
BLOCK 1151

Due to impending storm the Eruvin may not be reliable

The blizzard and wind gusts expected in Lakewood and NJ may bring down an  Eruv in your area ask your local Rabbonim weather you can rely on it this shabbos parshas beshalach shabbos Shira. Prepare for blackouts and loss of heat due to downed power lines.  An idea suggested to light 24 hour candles just in case of blackouts.

Kollel Bnei Torah Melava Malka postponed due to weather

                                         Click HERE to donate
KOLLEL BNEI TORAH Under the leadership of Rav Avrohom Lefkowitz Shlita Invites You To Join In Our Shul's INAUGURAL MELAVE MALKA Motzaei Shabbos, Parshas Mishpatim February 6,  2016 8:30 pm At our Bais Medrash 1097 Somerset Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701

Lakewood snow predictions anyones guess

They haven't gotten it right in the past so it could be a mix of rain and snow or warmer ocean temps that will lead to lower accumulations. Others are saying 30 inches. The storm will start in NJ and work its way north snow continues Saturday into Saturday night and ends early Sunday morning. Snow could mix or change to rain over coastal NJ. Also coastal flooding is a concern especially down the NJ shore. The snow accumulations will change but models show amounts of 12-18+ of snow into central and southern NJ. 

Gourmet Glatt weekly specials

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Oif Simches

Kallah Bas Harav Nosson Herzka (Rav- Pine River)- Chosson ben Harav Avrohom Ausband at Neeimas hachaim hall.

Tonight Bonei Olam event for ladies

Tonight Wednesday January 20th is the Bonei Olam Ladies auction at Lake Terrace hall. Doors open at 7:00 the program will begin at 8:30 pm.
 $20 admission fee includes $20 of tickets, door prize, and admission.

Updated: Social media fabricates story about Lakewood yiddin

Lakewood Police "they both mutually agreed to participate in the incident. Poor judgement......yes,"
LPD update on Facebook The Lakewood Police Department would like to thank all of you who brought the incident regarding the homeless man to our attention earlier today. It's because of you, that situations like this, are able to be investigated and resolved quickly.
We would like to inform you that Officer Chase Messer was able to identify and locate all of those involved. After further investigation it was determined, that although the incident occurred in poor judgement, it did not rise to a criminal act.
Evidence in the case revealed that both parties were willing participants and no one was injured.
Thank you all again for your concern and interest in this matter.

A story was posted on Facebook about an incident involving a homeless man where someone offered him money to pour two cups of coffee on his head . The story apparently took place at the singin gas station at hurley and S. Clifton. The reaction was swift with threatening comments against the tzibbur. The story we hope was made up for a few reasons.  First its unbecoming for us to even think of doing it. Second, Why would a guy give his name after doing something like that. 

And the reviews are in for the soft opening

Social media mumchim talking about their new shopping experience men HERE  Ladies HERE
First look: here is one review:
They are already restocking some shelves.
Verizon Service is poor 2-3 bars/dots.
They kept a very similar layout to Shoprite!  
Average isle width is 5.5 feet.
13 Checkout lanes + Customer Service desk.
No self-checkout :(
Huge sushi kitchen.
Nuts and Popcorn area, appetizing counter, "Deli & Takeout", "Fresh from The Sea", "Custom Butcher", " Freshly Baked".

Storm to bring major coastal flooding

 Please be prepared if you live near the coast! Snow will arrive late Friday night and lasting through at least late Saturday night with heavy snow at times. Li/Coastal NJ could mix with or change to rain for a time. There will be major coastal flooding so please if you near the coast be prepared!The NJ coastline is going to have major problems with coastal flooding due to the storm and because of the moon causing astronomical flooding. 

Nichum aveilim at Mishpachas Olshin

                                                                  At the Levaya 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Story of Donald Trump and Lakewood couple resurfaces

Many in the media are talking about Donald Trumps generosity.
In 1995 Donald Trump was traveling along a New Jersey highway when the limo in which he was traveling experienced a flat tire. Spotting the disabled car along the side of the road, a passing motorist stopped to offer his assistance. After helping, Trump asked how he could repay the good samaritan. The man asked that Trump send his wife a bouquet of flowers. Trump agreed. True to his word, the bouquet arrived several weeks later along with a note saying, "we've paid off your mortgage." They were an Orthodox Jewish couple from Lakewood.

Tonight hearing for BM of Kelmwoods at Planning board

proposed site plan for the shul

Photos: Kvias Mezuzah at GG with Roshei Yeshiva, Admorim, Rabbonim. Politicians

Gourmet Glatt Lakewood grand opening today at 1 pm

A Wawa store at Route 9 and prospect

It appears  wawa inc plans on building a convenience store and gas station at the corner of rt 9 and prospect street. The plan is listed in the upcoming planning board meeting but will not be heard at applicants request.
 From the planing board:
SP 2150 Wawa Lakewood, LLC  Route 9 and Prospect Street Blocks 420; 420.01, Lots 16; 12, 14, & 23  Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan for a convenience store and gas station Applicant has requested to carry this project to a later meeting. This application will not be heard. 

Dont blame our neighbors

Reader submitted via comment.
How can we have taahnos on the Jackson board for not letting a school, while in a nearby development, a large one actually there are fun unzereh, chasuvim, that are fighting a shul that is looking to expand. Those that are fighting this shul do not daven there and they went to arkaos against this choshuv kehilla. What are they different from the opposition of our neighbors in Jackson? If we dont allow a shul to be built in our own backyard why should we expect any different from others. This is a development where there is a great need for shuls there are not enough places to daven. A few yechidim can farfeer a gantz maaracha.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Storm update: Jersey Shore will get most of the precipitation

Current models are showing the Jersey Shore will get most of the precipitation of this weekends storm. It can be more than a foot of snow or just a lot of freezing rain depending on how cold it will be. Stay tuned.

Of simchas

Siyum hashas yartzheit seuda for Rabbi Zecharia Fendel Z""TL

A siyum hashas will take place tonight at the Lakewood commons hall marking the yartzheit of Rabbi Zecharia Fendel ztl. Talmidim and mishpacha will deliver divrei Zikaron. Event is called for 8:00 pm.

Mrs. Pesel Olshin, a”h; Mother of BMG Rosh Yeshivah Harav Yeruchem Olshin

Mrs. Pesel Olshin, a”h; Mother of BMG Rosh Yeshivah Harav Yeruchem Olshin
By Mordechai Wincorn

On Shabbos Parashas Bo, the Torah world bid a mournful farewell to Mrs. Pesel Olshin a”h, the mother of, ybl”c, Harav Yeruchim Olshin shlita, Rosh Yeshivah, Bais Medrash Govoha of Lakewood. She was remembered for her mesirus nefesh for Torah and selfless dedication to others. In her exceedingly simple Boro Park home, the nifteres merited to raise a family of celebrated marbitzei Torah. 

In addition to Harav Yeruchim, her son Harav Shmuel Abba Olshin serves as Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivah Gedolah of Hillside, and her daughter, Rebbetzin Suri Hirth, is the wife of Harav Mordechai Hirth, nasi of Yeshivas Nefesh Hachaim of Lakewood.

She was 100 years old.

Mrs. Olshin was born in 1915 in Nuremberg, Germany. Her parents, Reb Yeruchim, z”l, and Faiga Leah Silber, a”h, were part of a kehillah of Jews from Poland who had settled in the city after the outbreak of the First World War. Despite the doors of western culture that were now available to them, the family held steadfastly to its mesorah and maintained its high spiritual standards

At the Berditchever Kloiz last night

Please stop insulting our intelligence

This LCSW is creating a hotline to fill a great need for storm advisories in the community "due to many Lakewood householders not having access to radio, text updates, twitter, constant Internet or social media". it will be activated only during times of crisis and updated as needed to keep those on the road safe. 

Yes the Olam in Lakewood is so primitive in 2016 its amazing how we were able to drive in inclement weather all these years. We don't know what a radio is. So during a crisis when most people will no doubt be driving on the road with their cell phones in hand calling a phone line that may or may not be updated. brilliant! 

Israeli Flight club flies in to town to eat at Prime 95

Videos were removed from the prime 95 Facebook page watch other video of scenic view over Lakewood airport
Prime Ninety Five hosted today 20 pilots that flew in for a special luncheon. One of the pilot's, Avi Kubin, took part in the search for Devora Stubin on Shabbos. Today he called on his pilot friends to join United Search and Rescue as new volunteer emergency responders.

At the Lose4autism weigh in event

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Township offices, Schools closed for MLK holiday

Holiday Notice: In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday, January 18, 2016 Township offices will be closed. Monday's trash and recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, January 19th. Tuesday's trash and recycling will be picked up on Wednesday. No bulk collection this week. Thursday and Friday's trash and recycle are regular schedule.

Shiva info for Mrs. Peppi Olshin a'h

 Shiva for Mrs. Peppi Olshin z"l פעסל בת ירוחם  is at 1664 55th St between 16th & 17th Ave in Boro park until Friday afternoon.
 Sitting Shiva:
Harav Yeruchem Olshin Rosh Yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha Lakewood, NJ

Harav Shmuel Abba Olshin Rosh Yeshiva Yeshiva Gedolah of Hillside, NJ

Mrs. Suri Hirth, Daughter

Kids build the Riverside abstract snowman, get chance to enter contest

 Email your snow creation pictures to for a chance to win a prize 

Flurries now potential snowstorm this weekend

The models are showing a potential snowstorm coming in this weekend for  today portions of Ocean County and southern New Jersey are under a hazardous weather outlook. Little snow is expected to accumulate on roads, but snow could reduce drivers' visibility, according to the weather service.

Gourmet Glatt ribbon cutting this Tuesday

Nine months since shop rite left town the new Gourmet Glatt plaza will once again be full with shoppers who will have a brand new kosher shopping experience. It will take place this Tuesday (yom Gimmel beshalach which is also a segulah for parnassah) at 1 pm. True there are many existing kosher grocery stores but more competition in all areas will only benefit the consumer (hopefully).  Current stores have all upped their game rolling out awards and loyalty programs, adding new departments and services as well as upgrading  and adding  home delivery options. More stores now advertise weekly sales and specials hoping to keep and get more consumers. Seasons supermarket is set to open in the beginning of Feburary on Cedarbridge avenue, Evergreen is expected to open down rt 9 south in a few months time.

Lakewood links

Explosive development in Toms River calls for widening rt 9

$100,000 powerball  ticket bought in Ocean County

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Lakewood Republicans want one of their own appointed to the county board

Eight Republicans have  tossed their hats into the ring to succeed James F. Lacey on the Ocean County Board of Freeholders next week according to the, the report says according to county Republican Chairman Lakewood Republicans made it clear that it was time one of their own was appointed to the county's governing body.  Lakewood's Justin Flancbaum,  the executive director of the Lakewood Township Municipal Utilities Authority is vying for the spot.  Republican leaders panicked, wrote the APP article, who elsewhere, are dealing with increasing vitriol over the expansion of Lakewood’s fast-growing Orthodox Jewish community into neighboring towns such as Toms River and Jackson. Read more HERE in the APP

Lakewood Chaveirim spent shabbos searching in Passaic

BD'E Mrs Pesel Olshin A'H

Matzav It is with great sadness that we report the passing Mrs. Pesel (Peppy) Olshin a”h.  
Mrs. Olshin, the matriarch of one of the venerated Torah families in the olam haTorah, was a longtime secretary at Yeshivas Kamenitz in Boro Park.

She was 100 years old. Mrs. Olshin is survived by her children, Rav Yeruchim Olshin, rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ; Rav Shmuel Abba Olshin, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah of Hillside, NJ; and Mrs. Suri Hirth of Boro Park, wife of Rav Mordechai Hirth.

The levayah will be held tomorrow 11:00 am at Shomrei Hadas Chapels, located at 3803 14th Avenue in Boro Park, Brooklyn.

Melava Malka parshas Bo

Melava Malka Alumnai association yeshiva Gedolah of Twin Rivers/Monroe at Stolin Simcha Hall 153 East 7th street Lakewood 8:15

Zichron Chana Leah Tzedaka of  Kelmwoods BM Westgate at 22 Kelm woods 9:00 pm Guest speaker: Rav Menachem Mintz Rav of Coventry shul

Mothers of children with special needs Melava malka at 10 Cedar Row 8:30 pm

Friday, January 15, 2016

Updated: BDE- Volunteers from Lakewood Heading to Passaic to Assist in Search of Missing 22-Year Old Woman

BDE - Deborah Stubin (22) missing since Thurs has passed away. she was found in her car inside a river near where she went missing. LINK

Erev Shabbos - Jan. 15, 2016 - Members from Lakewood Hatzolah and LCSW are heading to Passaic, NJ, this afternoon to assist in the search fo Devorah Stubin, a 22-year-old girl missing since last night.

Currently, members of the Police Department, Hatzolah and Chaveirim Passaic are searching for the girl.The girl was last seen at about 8:45 PM last night.

The car she is driving is a 1998 silver Mitsubishi Galant, with NJ Pate number K4O-FPH. Identifying marks on Vehicle: Antenna taped with orange strip and grey tape. Sunroof has peeling duct tape around window. She has never before been missing.

If you have any information, please call Hatzolah at 973‐472‐1002 Passaic Police Department at 973‐365‐3900

Her name for Tehillim is Devorah bas Shoshana Rus.

A warm shopping experience

At the Lkwd Matzoh Bakery

Did you know: this weeks Torah portion has a lot to do with Pesach and Matzoh? The Jews were in such a hurry to leave the land of Eygpt they grabbed their dough in a rush and it had no time to rise, thus it became matzoh; unleavened bread! You can experience the matzoh making progress, with out any sweat and tears!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A bonus check for the youngeleit

Not a 10k raise or a lotto ticket, but the Kollell members of Lakewood yeshiva received a bonus check sponsored by Mr. Raphael Herzka in the memory of his father a''h whose Yartzheit is this week. At the chanukas habayis dedication of the Binyan Herzka bais yitzchok, Mr. Herzka pledged to give a extra kolell check to each youngerman in his fathers honor. He was a man who was always looking out to support the bnei hayeshiva. The Yartzheit falls out this coming week on 9 shevat.

Why not use the official township website

 Mayor Miller had ordered flags throughout the township to be flown at half staff in the memory of fallen police officer Chris Matlosz. The announcement was not made on the official township website. Why not? shouldn't that be the first place where it gets posted? 
 At the reorganization meeting Mayor Miller laid out his plans for the year pledging to fix up the website and create app's and other means of media for the residents to get and share information. Now its time to back that up.

323 should have bought for the rebbeim too

UPDATE: Media now reporting it was a prank the son played on his mother. with an exclusive breaking story Employee of Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz wins powerball in California. According to the report Reb Shlomo Yehuda took it upon himself to give all the employees and residents at the 80 facilities he owns a chance at the one and a half billion dollar Powerball jackpot. One of the employees is an elderly nurse who works in one of the nursing facilities.

Today, learned exclusively that the employee is one of three winners of the whopping $1.6 billion Powerball lottery. The Lakewood Cheder yesterday purchased tickets for all their staff perhaps Rechnitz also sponsored it he is a supporter of the cheder.

Celebrating 30 years

Remembrances Mark 5th Anniversary Of Officer's Murder

TOMS RIVER, NJ  Residents and officials throughout Ocean County are paying tribute Thursday morning to the memory of Christopher Matlosz, the Lakewood Township police officer who was gunned down five years ago as he sat in his police car.

In Lakewood, where Matlosz, 27, had worked for five years, Mayor Menashe Miller has ordered the flags flown at half-staff throughout the township, according to The Lakewood Scoop.

More spending plenty of money

Lakewood Township Recreation Department Announces Its Winter Recreation Programs

The Lakewood Recreation Department has released the 2016 schedule of its winter recreation programs. Registration will take place on site, the first day of the program.

Indoor Soccer Instructional League, a program for boys and girls, with no try-outs, is designed for everyone to play and learn the basics of soccer. The soccer program, in the Ella G. Clarke School gymnasium, 455 Manetta Avenue, Lakewood, is Mondays and Wednesdays, January 25 to March 18. (School is closed February 15). Registration is $10.00 for all participants, and players are asked to bring a personal soccer ball to practice.

Sanz Rebbe visiting

Chizuk message from a local Gabbai Tzedaka

שלום וברכה ב"ה זכינו היום להרבה מצוות בכלל ישראל, אמש היתה הגרלה של לוטו עם זכיה של כמליארד וחצי דולר, הרבה יהודים הבטיחו סכומי כסף רבים לצדקה אם יזכו, ושנינו 'חשב אדם לעשות מצוה ונאנס מעלה עליו הכתוב כאילו עשעה' לפי"ז יוצא שהיום יש בכלל ישראל הון תועפות שמבחינת המצוה כאילו נעשתה (הבעיה שלנצרכים אין מזה כלום) אבל ודאי שזכות הרצון הטוב יגן עלינו לקבל פירור מכל הרכוש גדול שבו יצאנו ממצרים. וכבר ידוע מה שהקשו למה בליל הסדר עושים סימנים זכר למרור, זכר לעבודה קשה, זכר ליציאת מצרים וכו' רק לא זכר לרכוש גדול ? ומתרצים כי מהרכוש גדול לא נשאר זכר

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Zechus harabim Lakewood Cheder pools lotto ticket

The Lakewood Cheder has purchased a lottery ticket for each member of the mosad as a group to be shared by every Cheder Bais Faiga faculty and staff member.