Saturday, April 2, 2016

Lakewood orthodox community should not be investigated

Letter in the APP by Mr. Ralph Zucker
The editorial board recently called upon the attorney general to (among other things) “investigate [how] the orthodox community is financing the dozens of homes it is purchasing in and around Lakewood,” editorial: “A.G. must take close look at Lakewood.”

I’m disturbed by the broad brush with which the board has painted my community. How dare you? How dare you repeatedly insinuate that, because I am orthodox, I should be “investigated” — to be forced to stand accused not only in the court of public opinion, but that of the law! These generalizations are extremely offensive and far from the truth.

I, like countless others, did it the American way. I came to Lakewood with hardly a penny to my name. I studied hard, and worked harder. We fixed up our first home — a shack at best — with only the help of our friends and our bare hands. I now run a successful development company, sought out by municipalities all over N.J. to build in their communities. And yes, I still build in Lakewood. I do not violate any laws as a path to success.

Innumerable orthodox homebuyers in Lakewood have similar stories, many the children of immigrants that rebuilt their lives in our country. Today, many proudly help their children, providing what their own parents could never have dreamed of giving them. Your sweeping indictment of the Lakewood community maligns their honesty and besmirches their good name.

Yes, there is a story worth investigating, and indeed emulating, about Lakewood’s orthodox. It’s the story of a community’s rebirth, of refugees and their children working hard, working together — and yes, working smart — helping each other to succeed. It’s the story of the American Dream.

Ralph Zucker

President of Somerset Development



  1. People need to start commenting on these articles and let people know the truth. If I was an outsider looking at the APP articles and comments, I would be an anti-semite by now.

  2. Why has mayor Miller not issued a scathing attack on the APP just as he did to the Toms River mayor.

    1. Mayor Menash Miller is in Poland he went to Lizhensk to be mechazek the Polish Jewry.

  3. The Township should not post any updates or notices in that paper until an apology is given, but the committee are wimps it will never happen.

  4. Listen. Ralph as I'm sure many others did it legit and it is definitely biased the way the paint all Lakewood Jews but plz spare the "son of immigrants" shpiel u sound like ur running for president especially when we all know what the article is referring to.

  5. The APP just printed another anti-semetic letter to the editor with baseless accusations. This is poisoning the surrounding towns against us.

    This needs to be stopped before someone is literally hurt because of the provocations. I will try, and others should as well, to reach out to Gannet Publishing. If that is not effective, Vanguard ha funds that are major Shareholders in the APP's parent company Gannet. They need to be apprised of what is going on.