Thursday, November 23, 2017

Photo: Gedolim Meet in NY

When do you find two gedolim in a clothing store? Harav Shmuel Kamenetzky shlita was in NY and so was Harav Shimon Baadani of Eretz Yisrael member of the Sefardi Moetzes, a meeting was arranged at a NY clothing store.

Hamodia: Harav Zev Tikotzky zt”l

LAKEWOOD -Hamodia  By Mordechai Wincorn

Harav Zev Tikotzky, zt”l, a noted talmid chacham who was marbitz Torah to hundreds of talmidim for decades and a talmid of the Mirrer Yeshivah during its sojourn in Shanghai, and later of Harav Aharon Kotler, zt”l, was niftar on Wednesday, 4 Kislev. He was the father-in-law of, ybl”c, Harav Malkiel Kotler, shlita, Rosh Yeshivah, Bais Medrash Govoha of Lakewood, and was in his late eighties.
In his hesped, Rav Kotler described his father-in-law as the epitome of one who is “yoshev b’ohel shel Torah.” “He didn’t have [worldly possessions], and he didn’t want them, for him everything was in Torah,” he said at the levayah held Wednesday afternoon in Bais Medrash Govoha.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

No Transportation Tomorrow

-Most schools will NOT have busing tomorrow some will have only one way  check with your kids school.

-No Kollel bus tomorrow or this Friday, either way

-Yarchei Kallah shiur at Khal Zichron Yaakov 9:30- 11:30 am Q&A with Rav Shmuel Felder on Contemporary issues

-Lakewood Township Municipal Offices will be Closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017 in Observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday

- Shop Rite Howell will be open 6am to 4pm Thanksgiving day

Oif Simchas Lakewood November 22, 2017

- Sanders- Birnhack Ateres Chana hall Bais Faiga
- Eliyahu - Ovadia at Fountain Ballroom Lakewood Cheder
- Tesser - Burr at Ateres Reva hall

Lakewood Committeeman To Yated: There is No Way I could've Voted Yes to the Master Plan

A true שליח צבור 
Committeeman Issac Akerman tells the Yated Ne'eman Newspaper last week why he could not vote yes on the Master Plan.
"There was no way I could've voted yes to the plan, People walk up to me all the time and beg me to vote no to higher density. These are the people who voted for me, and it is my duty as their committeeman to do their bidding.
He added that although the master-plan calls for widening Route 9 and other main thoroughfares, the solutions are not yet in place. "I believe that we should first implement the road improvements, and then we will be able to assess accurately how effective they are. Only then should we plan additional density. Its a shame that there was no referendum put on the voting ballot that would have put the power in the hands of the public to decide whether or not to approve higher density.

יש זיקה

Zika Update 11/21/17  from Lakewood pediatricians DR. Shanik & DR. Haimowitz of Pediatric affiliates. A sign in the office reads:

"There have been 2 cases of Zika Virus in Miami-Dade County, Florida. A woman of child bearing age and/or her husband should not travel to that area until at least the end of December. More information will be forthcoming over the next few weeks."

BDE Harav Zev TIkotzky ZTL

Petirah of Harav Zev Tikotzky Z"TL The shver of the Lakewood Rosh Yeshiva Harav Malkiel Kotler shlita. The Levaya will take place today 4:00pm at the BMG Yoshon Bais Medrash. Kevura will be in Eretz Yisrael. He was 88 years old.
From Matzav
Rav Tikotzky, a European survivor who went through Shanghai, came to the U.S. after the war and went to Lakewood, becoming a talmid of Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l at Beth Medrash Govoah. He served for decades as a maggid shiur in New York and later relocated to Lakewood. 
Rav Tikotzky is survived by his devoted wife, Rebbetzin Rivka Tikotzky; their children, Rebbetzin Chana Leah Kotler, wife of Rav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoah; Rav Moshe Tikotzky, Rav Eli Tikotzky, Rav Gavriel Tikotzky, Rav Aron Tikotzky, Rav Avrom Tikotzky and Reb Yossi Tikotzky; and many grandchildren.

Tehillim for Rav Shteinman shlita לקיים בנו חכמי ישראל

Update: B"H Slight improvement condition has stabilized he is not in immediate danger.
Gedolim call on Klal Yisrael to daven for  Harav Shteinman shlita whose condition took a turn for the worse at  the ICU of Maynei Hayeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak. This comes in the shadow of the Levaya of his daughter Rebbetzin Rochel Devora Berlin a''h. The Rosh Yeshiva was not notified about his daughters passing. He was transfered into the ICU after his fever went up . Doctors said he is unconscious R"L some reports say he is alert. Name for Tehillim:
 אהרון יהודה לייב בן גיטל פייגא לרפואה שלמה בתוך שאר חולי  ישראל

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Howell PD Release Video in response to Article

A Lakewood couple were on the way to the hospital to have a baby. The wife was in Labor and her husband was speeding to get there. They were stopped and ticketed on Squankum Road by a Howell Police officer.
In response to the story that was posted on the Lakewood Scoop website, Howell PD issued a press release along with a video of the body worn camera from the police officer giving the ticket.

Masterplan Approved with changes

TBL Update:
 Planning Board makes numerous changes to the butchered plan that T&M messed up. Final document (With hand written changes) is now approved.
 Board member made the engineering firm reinsert what was originally in the first motion that was adopted.  Such as a requirement to widen cross street from tge Jackson border to River avenue, Impact fees Ard not only a recommendation.

Oif Simchas Lakewood November 21, 2017

- Vort: Hachosson Shmuel Yaakov Leichter to  Kallah Shavy Serhofer Bas R'     Shmuel Meir at Ateres Yeshaya hall 9:00pm
- Chasuna: Warona- Gersten at Fountain Ballroom Lakewood Cheder
- Chasuna: Weinberg- Meller at Lake Terrace hall
- Chasuna: Weiner- Beer at Ateres Reva hall
- Chasuna: Lowenthal- Levovitz  at Ateres Chana hall Bais Faiga

Tonight: Lakewood Planning Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 6:00 P.M. at the Municipal hall. See Agenda watch live stream HERE

• 2017-51 to Implement the Lakewood Township Master Plan (multiple changes)

• 2017-52 to Implement the Lakewood Township Master Plan (multiple changes)


Letter Urging Lakewood Bnei Torah to attend Rally in Manhattan against Gezeiras Giyus

The letter was written and signed by Harav Yisrael Yitzchok Kalmanovitz shlita asking the Bnei Hachabura of Lakewood Yeshiva to go to the planned rally this Wednesday at the Israeli consulate in Manhattan. Buses will be going from Lakewood tomorrow leaving at 12:35pm from Forest Ave bet 3rd and 4th streets. 

The Trailer Ban

In September 2016, Jackson passed Ordinance 21-16 forbidding the non-residential use of trailers (i.e. “office trailers”) in every area of town except under very limited circumstances. One is still allowed to have trailers on their property for the purpose of living in them though. Was this request in response to a rash of businesses popping up in trailers around Jackson?  In his “travels” through “several different communities”, said the Mayor, he had noticed that trailers were being used by “congregations of different faith based groups” to “accommodate needs”. An ordinance must be passed to prevent the “possibilities of it happening here”. Essentially, not in response to trailer problems in Jackson at all, but as a preventative measure against religious use

ויהי בבוקר והנה היא לאה

OPRA records  reveals how the township committee is duping the Planning Board and perpetrating a huge scam on the Lakewood Community.

From Take Back Lakewood
Tuesday night Nov 21st the Planning Board is slated to vote on the Final Master Plan. On October 25th they voted to 'approve' the Master Plan subject to numerous revisions. T&M then took the liberty to pick and choose what to implement in the final version which has not yet been voted on!! Whether or not the Planning Board agreed with the final document - they had no choice! In the Interim, the Township Committee has already voted on ordinances to implement the bad parts of the Master Plan without the good parts!!Guess what? Although the Planning board voted to only allow zoning changes after the impact fees have been implemented in the entire town, and only after numerous changes were implemented including Route 9, the Township Committee ignored all that! The Board voted that we need Cross Street widened all the way to Route 9 and the Township Committee ignored that change! We'll be stuck with the bad parts of the Master Plan without the good!!! The board voted to improve all of Pine St and James and Prospect etc and the Board chopped those out!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Oif Simchas Lakewood November 20, 2017

-Chasuna: Bornstein-Knobel at Lake Terrace hall
-Chasuna: Perman- Schonbrun  at Neemas Hachaim hall
-Chasuna: Baum- Septimus at Fountain Ballroom Lakewood Cheder

Reporting on a Lakewood Development reports on the Eagle Ridge development, the article stuck to the facts but naturally garnered over 100 comments since its about Lakewood. It should keep the Vaad Media arm busy.

From  GDMS asked for a settlement hearing with the DEP and was given the green light for a scaled down, but still massive, project. That dispute resolution "was held behind closed doors," said Donato, one of the top land-use lawyers in the state. "The public was kept out. It violates every standard of due process I can think of." 
Read more HERE

Lakewood News Links 11/20/17

-Complaint filed against Lakewood Township committeeman for Masterplan Vote see more HERE

- Sterling Forest area on high alert after a masked man walked into  someone's house residents were asked that all outdoor lights be turned on and make sure both front and back doors are locked. The community installed security cameras and asked everyone to be extremely cautious and aware of strangers that are roaming the neighborhood.

Video: LPD officer on the Beat HERE

Lakewood,  workers push for stricter wage theft  

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Oif Simchas/Events Lakewood Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5778

-Hespedim at BMG  commemorating Yartzheit's tonight 2 Kislev of Harav Aharon Kotler Zatzal and the Mashgiach Harav Nosson Wachtfogel Zatzal at BMG Beren Hall B'hishtatfus Harav Shmuel Kamenetzky shlita 6:00pm

-Vort: Hachosson Shloimy Briller to Kallah Baila Parnes at Ner Dovid Simcha   hall  2:00- 5:00 pm
-Vort: Hachosson Yosef Oelbaum to Kallah Shevy Travitzky Bas Reb Moshe at   Stolin Simcha hall 153 E. 7th street Lakewood, NJ 8:00 pm
-Lchaim Hachosson Amrum Wieder to Kallah Bodek at 596 East 7th street 8:30 
-Chasuna: Rosenberg- Moseson at Fountain Ballroom Lakewood cheder
-Chasuna: Kirwan- Youlous Ateres Chana hall Bais Faiga
-Chasuna: Bak- Hirsch Lake Terrace hall

Open House Oak and Vine

בא אחיך במרמה

 Over the last few years Lakewood has experienced many challenges b"h mainly due to its explosive growth.  Quality of life has changed from a quiet suburbia to a busy city with traffic congestion and sky rocketing property taxes. Speak to anyone you meet ask them how long it takes them to get from point A to point B compared to just a few years ago. 
How many hours a day are they wasting sitting stuck on the roads. How many daily car accidents. Speak to young couples who cant afford to buy a home  anymore in Lakewood. 

You would think there would be a listening ear or at least an attempt to fix the problems and take on the issues. Instead, they cleverly embarked on a campaign of deceit deflection and diversion. How can we continue to fool the tzibbur with slogans catch phrases and articles that we care about them but at the same time ignore their plight and continue lining our pockets. Instead of tackling and trying to fix, they put time and effort and money to keep themselves relevant and stay in power.
They cleverly created a narrative of playing up the anti semitism card, something that was ignored and not taken on for 15 years. Thousands of residents came and spoke up at the masterplan meetings and the majority who had no financial gain all said a resounding NO to the proposed density. The committee members promised No Density, yet they went ahead and approved it. Not only did 4 out of 5 committeemen approve but they left out important clauses that the Planning board put in. There was no mention of widening Cross street from Massachusetts to route 9. There was no mentioning of fixing rt 9 or charging impact fees to developers.

The governing body  who are elected and representative of the people have all but ignored the general needs of the public, the will of the community only to favor special interests and those who control them.They promise one thing in front of you and than behind closed doors do something else. Yet, they continue to put out fake news articles about how great they are highlighting stories of kindness that they did. The parshiyos we read now talk about the trickery of  Esav and of Lavan, lets hope that we continue in the ways of our forefather yaakov תתן אמת ליעקב

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Motzei Shabbos Parshas Toldos Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5778 Lakewood

-Rosh Chodedh Kumzitz melava Malka in honor of yartzeit for Reb Shlomo Carlebach 9:00 pm at Chalonei Rokea
34 Caranetta Drive Lakewood.
-Seuda parlor meeting with the Stanislav Rebbe shlita at 441 Squankum Road 9:00pm
-Urgent Tehillim for Viznitz Rebbe from Monsey put on a respirator name is Mordechai Ben Margalia

Friday, November 17, 2017

ויעקב איש תם יושב אהלים

BMG B"M this week- Credit: Todd Cohn

The Rebbes are coming to Town

Lakewood Zmanim ערב שבת פרשת תולדות שבת מברכים חודש כסלו

Erev Shabbos Kodesh/Shabbos Mevorchim Parshas Toldos Friday 28 Cheshvan 5778/Novembe 17, 2017 

-Candle lighting: 4:20 PM 
-Shkia: 4:38 pm
-Molad is Sunday morning, 57 minutes and 0 chalakim after 12:00 am.
-Rosh Chodesh Kislev in Sunday
-Shabbos Weather: Cloudy with occasional showers for the afternoon. High around 55F Chance of rain 50%.

וַאֲהֵבְךָ וּבֵרַכְךָ וְהִרְבֶּךָ. וּבֵרַךְ פְּרִי בִטְנְךָ וּפְרִי אַדְמָתֶךָ. דְּגָנְךָ וְתִירשְׁךָ וְיִצְהָרֶךָ. שְׁגַר אֲלָפֶיךָ וְעַשְׁתְּרֹת צֹאנֶךָ. עַל הָאֲדָמָה אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ לָתֶת לָךְ: בָּרוּךְ תִּהְיֶה מִכָּל הָעַמִּים. לֹא יִהְיֶה בְךָ עָקָר וַעֲקָרָה וּבִבְהֶמְתֶּךָ: וְהֵסִיר הֹ' מִמְּךָ כָּל חֹלִי. וְכָל מַדְוֵי מִצְרַיִם הָרָעִים אֲשֶׁר יָדַעְתָּ לֹא יְשִׂימָם בָּךְ. וּנְתָנָם בְּכָל שֹׁנְאֶיךָ 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Seasons Kosher Bring the Parsha Alive - Toldos Yaakov & Esav Cookies

Oif Simchas Lakewood November 16, 2017

-Vort: Hachosson Ezra Silver to Kallah Gold at  Ateres Yeshaya.hall 908 E County Line Rd 7:30pm
-Chasuna: Krupenia- Hirth Neemas Hachaim hall
-Chasuna: Brody- Kravetz Ateres Chana hall
-Off Shabbos welcome home bochurim

Power Grab

The Lakewood Vaad has extended its reach beyond the borders of Lakewood. Recently it unilaterally declared itself the vaad of Central Jersey. As people  are moving into neighboring towns, the Vaad appears to follow suit. What some have coined the new "five towns" of Lakewood, Jackson, Brick, Toms River and Howell will now be under the vaads control. Time will tell if and how involved the vaad will be while locals form their own alliances and councils in these new communities. Non of the vaad members live outside Lakewood nor were they appointed by anyone of these communities. On the contrary,  people moved to get away from it, not to be told by a 13 member vaad from Lakewood how to run their town.

In last weeks elections the Jewish Community Council of Toms River issued its own endorsements not the Lakewood Vaad. In Jackson a candidate blamed the vaad for their election loss but the vaad denied any involvement and it made no endorsements.
The Jackson community has its own  askanim taking charge and some  resent the vaads overreaching.  
In one instance askanim forged relationships with local politicians and than the vaad election propaganda attacked them which could have set back  months of hard shtadlanus.

Yom Kippur Koton Minyanim in Lakewood

List of Mincha with Yom Kippur Katan erev Rosh chdesh Kislev (Nidcha). Rosh Chodesh is on Sunday.

-kol Shimshon 
- Chateau Park 1:10
-Tiferes Shmuel 1:15pm 941 Princewood Ave, (Hearthstone area)
-Lev Avos 14th street  1:20 pm
-B"M Westgate 1:15 pm
-Somerset Walk 1:20pm
-Alumni 1:45pm
-B"M Kelmwoods Westgate 2:45pm
-Satmar BM every bottom of the hour

Photo: Viznitz Sheva Brachos in Lakewood

Lakewood Rosh Yeshiva attends the Sheva Brachos for the Grandson of the Viznitz Rebbe Reb Yisrael Hager shlita. It took place last night at the home of R' Yossi Atlas.
Photo credit: SL

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Oif Simchas Lakewood November 15, 2017

-Vort: Hachosson Yehuda Schloss to Kallah Bas R' Akiva Hersh  @ Zichron Shneur 7:30-10:30pm
-Vort: HaChosson Yechezkel Shraga Willner to Kallah Bas R' Menachem Frank @ 132 St. Nicholas Ave Lakewood, NJ 8:00pm
-Chasuna: Gerber- Blumenthal at Ne'emas hachaim hall
-Chasuna: Adler at Ateres Chana hall Bais faiga

Giyus: Bnei Torah in the I.D.F.'s Crosshairs

Against the Backdrop of the Supreme Court's Decision:
Giyus: Bnei Torah in the I.D.F.'s Crosshairs

   By: Beinish Dorit                                             

Am Yisrael, Listen Up!
Giyus, the army draft is here in real time. The Israeli government is proactive to fill the I.D.F. with yeshiva-oriented recruits. Things aren't the way they used to be.
Since the inception of the State, an agreement was in place, that allowed b'nei Yeshiva a 'pitur,' or deferment from military service. Years ago, the Bayit Yehudi party revised the 'chok' with Shivyon Benetal – everyone must contribute and share the burden of the country's defense. Still, whether you embrace Bnei Brak's philosophy, or in contrast, are of "Peleg" orientation, all will acknowledge that the government's on-line ad tells a different story.

Witness its text: "Rotzim l'shanot, rotzim l'hishtalev." Literally: 'They want change [for themselves] and opt to blend in with society.
A prominent Israeli attorney brings us up to speed. He employs similar verbiage to explain the Memshala's intentions:
לא ניתן להתעלם מכך שרשויות המדינה גמרו אומר לשלב את החרדים במוסדותיה ובאורח חייה החילוני, והדרך להשגת שילוב זה מתחילה [ונגמרת] בצבא. הצבא הוא הכלי לשילוב ולשנוי, שמבקשות הרשויות לחולל בחברה החרדית. עיקרון זב שזור כחוט השני לאורך התיקונים המחמירים בחוק, ומהווה את הבסיס להם.
One cannot ignore the fact that the authorities have decided to incorporate the Haredi people into its institutions and secular way of living. The means to achieve these goals begins – and ends, with the army. "Tzavah" is a tool being used to incorporate and alter the Haredi community to its liking. 
In short, Yahadut's shortfall is the army's livelihood ר"ל.

Rav Elyashiv – Psak and Hashkafa

An acquaintance recounts how, during his tenure of study in Israel, he sat by Rav Elyashiv zt'l, as a 'chayal' from a hesder yeshiva, walked in and inquired as to the Kashrus of a Mezuzah at his military base.

Lakewood BOE Meeting Today

BOE Public Meeting 11/15/2017 6:30 PM 855 Somerset
2- 24 passenger buses at a purchase price of  ($123,453.88)
4 – 54 passenger buses at a purchase price of ($409,327.00) for a
total purchase in the amount of   ($532,780.88)
- $268,115.59 to be paid through the Food Service Enterprise Fund.

Bell Labs To Bell Works Nice positive story.
This is the story of how Ralph Zucker saved historic Bell Labs
Bell Labs to Bell Works: How one man saved the historic site and made it a tech mecca


He wasn't universally embraced. A flier on behalf of a candidate running for Holmdel council in 2009 warned voters that the town was on its way to mirroring "Zucker's urbanized Lakewood," according to a story in the Independent Read full article at the Asbury Park Press.

Tax Dollars: LIC Meeting Today

Regular Business Meeting November 15, 2017  11:30AM Conference Room C (Second Floor)Lakewood Municipal Building, 231 Third Street, Lakewood, NJ 
- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT: • Steven Reinman, Executive Director
- Tenants for hangars space

Power outage Squankum Area Lakewood/Howell

Updated: Power restored to most costumers.
Over 1500 costumers are without power after a utility pole was knocked down in a accident.  JCP&L expects power to be restored by 12:00 pm. Currently in Lakewood there is no power on Coventry Square and princeton, Squankum roads Heavy traffic in the area.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Oif Simchas Lakewood November 14, 2017

-Vort: Hachsson Menachem Zev Singer to Kallah Bas R' Dovid Berger at Ateres Yeshaya hall 7:30 pm
-Chasuna: Tress- Stefansky Lake Terrace hall
-Chasuna: Fayazi-  Newman Ateres Chana Hall Bais Faiga

Court accepts Amendment in Lawsuit

Jacksonleaks- At 4:00 PM today, Agudath Israel’s amendment to their lawsuit against the Township of Jackson was accepted by the court, despite Jackson’s objection. This change adds new allegations of discrimination related to the township’s ban on eruvin to the existing lawsuit. Note that this does not mean the court has ruled on the content of Agudath Israel’s arguments, just that they will be allowed to make an argument.


Driving around Lakewood you may have noticed some lawn signs with messages about picking up the boys. As the days get colder the Bochurim dont always have busing available and are asking the good hearted drivers to pick them up and offer them a ride. Adding some humor to their plight, the boys launched an awareness campaign by placing various lawn signs at the corner of Pine street and MLK. The signs read "get a mitzva" "dont be like sedom" "pickup our boys".  Last week Thursday the bochurim gathered at that intersection holding up the signs to passing motorists.
So while your driving in the comfort of your car and you pass yeshiva boys who are standing in a safe place, pull over and give em a ride.

Tax Dollars: LDC Meeting today

Lakewood Development Corporation Official Meeting Tuesday, November 14, 201
4:30 PM Municipal Building 231 Third Street Conference Room C
Resolution 17-11-1 Authorizing a sub-recipient agreement with Lakewood Community Services Corporation under UEZ 2017-2: Business to Business Networking 4
Resolution 17-11-2 Authorizing a sub-recipient agreement with Lakewood Community Services Corporation under UEZ 2017-3: Business Assistance Initiative 7 - $96,650.
Resolution 17-11-3 – Authorizing UEZ Project 2018-1 – Zone Projects Management and Administration 2018 ($325,000)

Monday, November 13, 2017


I always knew that the shul I daven in was special. Khal Divrei Chaim is a basement Shtibel with a mostly chassidishe group of mispalelim. I never realized how special it actually is until this last Shabbos. About 2 weeks ago the gabbai of our shul received a phone call from a family in Kansas City. They told him that they were making a wedding at Lake Terrace on the following  Sunday and needed a place to make an aufruf before the wedding. All they needed was 2 aliyahs . They wanted to know if we could help them. They had called every shul nearby and were told that they couldnt be guaranteed an aliyah. Our  gabbai and a few other members decided that we should make them a proper aufruf. They ordered candy to throw,  kugels and hot food and everything else needed for a Kiddush. The Rebbe of our shul of was more than happy to oblige of course.

We had no idea who these people were. When I walked into shul this past shabbos morning, I was surprised to see a veritable cross section of all types of Jews.  There were yarmulkes in every color,  size and fabric. There were people with jackets and  without jackets. It was definitely not the crowd that normally attends our shul. 

One thing that I noticed immediately was that none of the members of our shul looked uncomfortable or judgmental in any way. Everyone was happy and smiling . It almost seemed that everyone was in a better mood than usual hosting these friendly people. The chosson got his Aliyah. Candy was thrown. Davening was finished. And the kiddush began. I watched in awe as my fellow shul  members who I assume are not usually exposed to people from outside their community treated these fellow Jews as equals.  It was truly amazing to watch people from opposite spectrums of Judaism interacting with one another as if they knew each other their whole lives. 
As I walked home from shul I thought to myself this is truly what Lakewood is all about.

This wasn't a Kiruv event, or a fundraiser. It was an impromptu event that showed me what true yiddishkeit is all about. 
Our gabbai, who is a member of Bikur cholim, is very young, but he already understands what makes us Yidden so special. We are more than our differences.

Hershel Herskowitz 

Hershel Herskowitz 

Oif Simchas Lakewood November 13, 2017

-Vort: Hachosson Michoel Zimmerman to Hakallah Rivka Kaufman Bas R'   Yaakov  Moshe at 106 Spruce Street 7:30 pm
-Chasuna: Berenstein- Adler Fountain Ballroom Lakewood cheder
-Chasuna: Rooshanshad - Hassan Ateres Chana hall Bais Faiga
-Chasuna: Beer- Friedman Lake Terrace hall

Tonight: Lakewood Zoning Board Meeting

Lakewood Zoning  Board Of Adjustment November 13, 2017 Municipal hall 7:00 pm
AGENDA 7:00 P.M. Watch Live Stream HERE

BDE: Rabbi Moshe Reuven Barkin, z”l

Shiva info: Tuesday morning shiva will be at the Biegeleisen residence, 45 Drake Rd Lakewood, NJ 08701.
The family will be sitting until 11:30 am and then returning to Cleveland. 
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבילי ציון וירושלים

Update: Kevura will be in Lakewood at the cemetery on 7th Street  approximately 9:30 pm.
Petirah of Rabbi Moshe Reuven Barkin, z”l. The levaya took place earlier 12 noon at Telshe Yeshiva Cleveland. The Aron is on its way to Lakewood. TNZBH.

Drone View of the Rockwell & Riverwood Developments in Lakewood.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Report: Route 9 improvements will begin in 2019 No plans of widening the Road

APP reports Route 9 between Lakewood and Toms River is slated for improvements. But the work on the state Transportation Department's to-do list is not what many have hoped for. Seven miles of the thoroughfare in Lakewood and Toms River will be repaved, and nine intersections .. will be upgraded by widening and adding sidewalks, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. There are no plans to widen the road. In Lakewood several intersections will get  upgraded traffic signals, curb ramps, sidewalks and guardrails at Locust, Chestnut, Prospect, Pine, Main and First streets as well as Central Avenue. Read more at

Oif Simchas Lakewood November 12, 2017

-Vort: Hachosson Pinchos Shurkin to Kallah Shani Zahner Bas R' Avrohm at Rav Blech's shl 13th & Madison Avenue 7:00 pm Lakewood
-Vort: Kallah Kalish Bas R' Dovid  at 23 ponderosa drive (pine river) from 8:00-10:30 pm
-Chasuna: Rokowsky- Kamehhar at Fountain ballroom Lakewood cheder 
-Chasuna: Goldenberg wedding at Neemas Hachaim hall

Video: Lakewood Rosh Yeshiva davening at the Kever of the ש״ך in Prague

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Has the Horse Bolted?

Cross posted from The Thinking Yid an assessment on Lakewood.
We are all familiar with the saying “closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.” The “oh my what just happened?” Why wasn’t I more vigilant?

Tonight in Lakewood, New Jersey an event was cancelled due to pressure from the powers that be. It was to be an evening of song and merriment with food and wine,starring two very popular singers from the frum Jewish world. It was decided by the hanhala that this event would possibly attract the wrong element, become rowdy and then possibly turn into an evening of mingling even though it was a kumzitz for men only.

In “What Has happened to Lakewood,” I outlined the premise of the Torah town and how the nouveau riche have had a snowball effect on the community. It is no longer just a Torah town. The big wheels have moved in. They want the glitz and glamour of city life in the suburban setting of Lakewood. The town has evolved. A new generation resides there now. The change started slowly with a few city dwellers moving in and building their mansions but like a train gathering speed as it leaves the station it has taken on a life of its own. We cannot expect this new city influx to adhere to the standards of kolel folk. They are cut from a different cloth.

Melava Malka Motzei Shabbos parshas Chayei Sarah

-Melava Malka Yeshiva Dvar Torah of Yerushalayim, Rav Menachem Eichenstein at 1402 twin Oaks Drive 8:00 pm
-Fresh Bagels and Melava Malka at super stop 1161 River Avenue
-Fresh bagels at Kosher Village open motzei shabbos 7:30-10:30
-Fresh Bagels at Aisle 9 open till 1 am
-4 corners county line, James,  chestnut locations
-Bagel Nosh

Friday, November 10, 2017

Lakewood zmanim לייקווד ערב שבת פרשת חיי שרה

Friday, November 10, 2017 / כ״א חשון תשע״ח

Candle lighting: 4:26 pm
Shkia: 4:44 pm

Sof Zman Krias Shema Gra 9:08 am
*** Shachris early in many shuls due to early Zman Krias shma***
Weather: low of 21, Friday night Shabbos day high of 41

Aderes Bais Yaakov High school to open in Lakewood

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Oif Simchas Lakewood November 9, 2017

-Vort: Hachosson Nesanel Tober to Kallah Freilich Esther Gerber hall, corner of     6th and Madison 7:30-10:00 pm
-Chasuna: Goldstein-Hirshman Ateres Chana hall Bais Faiga
-Chasuna: Orbach- Spector Fountain Ballroom Lakewood Cheder
-Chasuna: Neuwirth- Felsinger Lake Terrace hall Lakewood, NJ
-Chasuna: Serebrowski- Kahan at Ne'emas Hachaim hall Bais Tova

Parlor Meeting for Nesivos at 13 Partree, Jackson 8:30-11:00

Lakewood Chaveirm: Erev Shabbos Travel Alert

BMG Shabbos of Chizuk in Prague

Lakewood Rosh Yeshiva Rav Yeruchom Olshin visits Rubashkin

Read story in Mishpacha magazine
Photo courtesy of Yisroel Besser @srulibesser

Vaad Trying to shift away from Lakewood's Trumpiest Town Image

Exactly a year ago Lakewood, NJ was named the Trumpiest town in NJ with populations greater than 10,000. Lakewood, Voted for Donald Trump by the highest victory margin. Trump got 18,139 to Hillary's  5,927 votesi.  Its no secret the VAAD wanted Hillary. 
A Year later, Lakewood votes for Liberal Murphy etching out a Republican by 88 votes. Murphy won the Lakewood vote but got less votes than Hillary did.

A few months ago the Vaad hired a PR frm to reshape its image and started putting out  articles about national issues. They attacked The President following his comments about the Alt Right demonstration in Charlotseville. They demanded the president to take a stronger stand against the white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups that gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, for the deadly “Unite the Right” rally.

Governor elect Phil Murphy did the same at his inauguration speech he attacked President Donald Trump as if he is to blame for all of NJ's problems.  Just 3 weeks ago the s4 group a frum owned PR firm  held an event for Murphy in Lakewood attended by the Vaad and businessmen in the healthcare and other industries. 
The message to Murphy is that not only are we endorsing you but we share your policies too. Its open for speculation, if the Vaad attacks on both Trump and Guadango were calculated to reshape the vaad's image and send a message of support to Murphy. Time will tell if Murphy will deliver the goods.

Lakewood BOE retains Lawyer for AG office Matter

App reports the Lakewood Board of Education has hired a lawyer to defend how it pays its lawyer. According to the report in the APP the issue is board attorney Michael Inzelbuch's $600,000 retainer, a deal the New Jersey attorney general says may violate state rules because of the amount and because Inzelbuch is being paid in advance of work he does. The district hired another lawyer at $400 per hour to "communicate and review matters with Attorney General's office," according to board minutes from late September. read more at

Wednesday, November 8, 2017



This statement is by no means to be taken as an excuse for the election turnout. While the Lakewood VAAD has been around with its current lineup for 17 years, and The VAAD ltzorchei tzibur is about one week old, The end result, as usual, is that no change is happening. As they say "close only counts in horseshoes and grenades". While there was an obvious turnout  that did not listen to The Vaads suggestions, there still were plenty of people who followed blindly what they saw on the Lakewood Scoop or on pamphlets thrown about the entire town. The Vaad effort was obviously much stronger than the efforts of the opposition. They obviously have much more to lose monetarily. That is why it is worth it for them to spend so much money on a seemingly innocuous local campaign. They need to retain people in office that will do their bidding even at the expense of our quality of life.
But it is laughable to see them claiming that the entire town showed them support. Nothing could be further from the truth. In 2010 most of the Jewish community showed them that they don't care about their suggestions. Bob singer had given up his position on the committee to Isaac Akerman when it was obvious that nobody was going to listen to the Old Guard. Now forward 7 years later and not much has changed. Most general elections see approximately 6000 of the Orthodox communities votes. Out of those votes approximately 3500 are vaad followers and 2500 are those that oppose them. For them to say that they have a voting block is absolutely false. Unfortunately,  those that want to see change in our town have mostly given up.

So where do we stand now? It is my hope that the only way to get things done in this town for the good of the people is to continue to try our best to do what is right even when their selfish actions get in our way.

Yes it is true, close only means something in horseshoes and grenades. Hopefully we can avoid their grenades and continue to focus on the  positive in our town of Lakewood.

Harold Herskowitz on behalf of TVLT

Oif Simchas Lakewood November 8, 2017

-Vort: Hachosson Yissocher Lampert to Kallah Nechama Chapler Bas R' Aron at Khal Ner Dovid 14th Street and Tanglewood 7:30 pm

-Chasuna: Steiger- Gutterman Neemas Hachaim hall Bais Tova
-Chasuna: Wegh- Notis Fountain Ballroom Lakewood cheder
-Chasuna: Feiner- Dachs lake Terrace hall

Tonight: Lakewood Committee Meeting expected to Adopt the Master Plan

Back to Buisness  after election committee will vote on the master plan. 
These two ordinances were added today

7. Ordinance Of The Township Of Lakewood, County Of Ocean, State Of New
Jersey, Amending And Supplementing Chapter XVIII, Entitled “Unified Development Ordinance”, Of The Revised General Ordinances Of The Township Of Lakewood To Implement The Lakewood Township Master Plan

Leil Shishi at Gourmet Glatt canceled by Rabbonim

After pressure from Rabbonim the Leil Shishi event at Gourmet Glatt Lakewood has been canceled. It was initially a for men only event and closed for bochurim. Composer Yossi Green and Singer Shlomo Simcha were going to debut a new album.
R' Yossi Green Tweeted:  Layl Shishi event in Lakewood has been called off. The Rabbonim didn't see it as a proper idea. For us it's an opportunity to be Mekayem מצוה לשמוע דברי חכמים! For me that always comes first. We always hope to do events that will be מקדש שם שמים, but if it doesn't meet approval of דעת תורה, then it's out.

An Emboldened Vaad Defiant after Elections

After running unopposed the vaad doubled down in its arrogance ignoring the plight of thousands of Lakewood residents who dont feel they have their best interests in mind. The Vaad decided that the elections in Lakewood is barometer for their power. Despite a very low turnout the vaad issued a statement on its website talking about the achdus of the community.  The will of the local constituents is very clear and known to the vaad.  Yet on a local level they continue to favor yechidim over the needs of the Rabbim. Lets have Elections for the vaad members and than see where Lakewood really stands.
 The attitude of the Vaad is:

A slap in the face to all those  who sit in daily traffic and cant pay their taxes  which will no doubt shoot up when Murphy takes off the 2% cap.
A slap in the face to the hundreds who came down pleading and begging during the masterplan proceedings for a better quality of life.
A slap in the face to ignore and pay no attention to all the yechidim who suffer in silence but wont go out and vote.
Instead of being  נושא בעול the Vaad continues down the path of  כי בשרירות ליבי אלך

How Lakewood voted in the Gov Race

District#     registered voters   Votes cast       Turnout percent     Murphy-Guadango

Lakewood District 01     1183 221  18.68 %         136 -  59
Lakewood District 02     999 182      18.22 %         114 -  48
Lakewood District 03      698 332 47.56 %        114 - 211
Lakewood District 04      911 152 16.68 %         112-  26
Lakewood District 05     1053 218 20.70 %         103 -  97
Lakewood District 06     2098 326 15.54 %         192 -114
Lakewood District 07     1464 218 14.89 %         162 - 50
Lakewood District 08     1202 184 15.31 %          110 - 66
Lakewood District 09     1682 461 27.41 %          247- 202
Lakewood District 10     1545 246 15.92 %          130 - 98
Lakewood District 11     1208 225 18.63 %          147 - 59
Lakewood District 12     1709 408 23.87 %          260 - 114
Lakewood District 13     1343 312 23.23 %          156 - 148
Lakewood District 14     774 181 23.39 %          128 - 37
Lakewood District 15    2363 437 18.49 %          249 - 159

Low Voter Turnout

Some interesting stats from the Ocean County Clerk website:
In the BMG Herzka  voting district 27 there are 3,300 registered voters only 182 votes were cast in the Governors race that's a  5.52 % voter turnout.  115 for Murphy 46 for Guadango.  149 for Delia 128 for Coles. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

VAAD Endorsed Murphy who got 5,704 but 5,616 vote for Guadango

The silver lining.
The Vaad endorsed Phil Murphy who won the Governor race in NJ. Murphy got 5,704 votes in Lakewood Guadango got 5,616.
 In the BOE race 3,614 voted for Chanina Nakdiman who was NOT endorsed by the Vaad.

Lakewood Election Live Results

                          2017 General Election November 7, 2017

To see Live Lakewood election results click HERE

CNN: Phil Murphy to be New Jersey’s next governor

Murphy wins Lakewood vote by 88 votes

DEM - Philip MURPHY/Sheila OLIVER  5,704           49.62%

REP - Kim GUADAGNO/Carlos A. RENDO  5,616     48.85%

Township Committee: Ray Coles, Mike Delia keep their seats
BOE: 3 yr term- Gonzalez, Treisser, Jackson
BOE: 1 year Bender, Nakdiman
Fire Commissioner winner: Denise Gregory

Township Committee HERE
Lakewood BOE HERE
Lakewood County HERE

REP - Kim GUADAGNO/Carlos A. RENDO5,56349.05%

Oif Simchas/Events Lakewood November 7, 2017

-Asifas zikaron L'ilui nishmas Mrs. Nechama (Pam) Schwarzman a'h at Esther Gerber hall Madison and sixth street Lakewood, NJ 8:30 pm
-Vort:Hachosson  Eliezer Gluestien To Kallah Roberg at Zichron Shnuer  hall 282 Oak Knoll 7:30-10:00
 -Vort: Hachosson Chaim Fink to Hakalla Malky Fischer Bas R' Yosef at Khal Chasidim 14th street Lakewood 7:00 pm
-Lchaim Hachosson Betzalel Sorotzkin to Hakalla Bakst (Detroit) at 1005 Clifton Avenue corner 10th street
-Chasuna: Klinger- Herskowitz Ateres Reva Hall
-Chasuna: Mandelbaum- Lisker Ateres Chana hall Bais Faiga

Voting suggestions from the vaad Letzorchei Tzibbur

 These suggestions were decided upon by well meaning members of our community who are well known as people that help others and know what is going on behind the scenes in local politics. If we all vote accordingly, we will have a better chance of stopping some self serving individuals from hurting our town of Lakewood. If you want a liveable town that is functioning and safe. If you want Lakewood to be a town we can be proud of. If you want to make sure the tax rate is not raised above the 2 percent cap next year. If you have a business struggling because of the current atmosphere and situation in town. You should consider these suggestions. Wishing us all a bright future. Harold Herskowitz

Lakewood Fire Elections

A Diversion from the Real issues in Lakewood

The Vaad was silent during the Masterplan proceedings where hundreds of Lakewood residents spoke up. You would think there would be some statement or a sympathetic ear from the Lakewood (Central NJ) Vaad but in the 12 page election Propaganda they made anti semitisim in NJ the main issue and only wrote this about the Traffic and density in Lakewood:
"Traffic Density and Taxes are the front burner issues Lakewood density and traffic, while certainly a challenge worthy of collective attention, is still less than that along Route 37 in Toms River, less than Route 35 in Brick or in Red Bank, less than Newark, less than Staten Island, Jersey City, Chicago, Toronto, Miami, LA and NYC. Our Route 9 traffic moves far too slow, yet it is still faster than it is in Marlboro and Manalapan."
To add insult to injury they hired a 3rd party PR firm to divert the public's attention from the real issues affecting Lakewood. Instead of facing the Lakewood Tzibbur head on they ignored the plight of all those hurt and than hide behind a election mailer with a condescending response to serious issues. 

Jews for Morality Election Notice

Toms River Jewish Community Council Elections Endorsements

TR residents representatives of various developments in a election letter to the community. The Lakewood Vaad extended its reach to Central Jersey areas but local cities outside of Lakewood are taking matter into their own hands.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Oif Simchas Lakewood November 6th, 2017

Chasuna: Ashkenazy- Greenwald Ne'emas Hachaim hall
Chasuna: Louk- Lankry at Fountain ballroom Lakewood Cheder

Vote with your Seichel

Article appeared in this weeks Yated Neeman Newspaper
By Rabbi Avrohom Birnbaum -  Nov 1, 2017
 Look closely at the issues, familiarize yourself with them, see what the politicians and their enablers are promising, determine if the promises have a ring of truth to it, analyze past conduct, and then make the best decision you can. If you still have a shailah even after all that, then by all means ask. But don’t suspend your seichel or use intellectual laziness to absolve yourself from the responsibility of doing the best that you can for yourself, for the community, and for the country in which you live.
I will never forget a conversation I had with Rebbetzin Zlata Ginsburg a”h. We were discussing the differences between the yeshiva world in the 1990s and the yeshiva world of pre-war Europe, where she was born and raised. Rebbetzin Ginsburg was a daughter of Rav Yechezkel Levenstein zt”l, famed mashigach of Mir and Ponovezh, and the wife of Rav Efraim Mordechai Ginsburg zt”l,

Vaad attacks Guadango but gives others a pass

The VAAD attacked Guadango for comments she made in a APP interview about the fraud investigations after they endorsed her for the primary elections. Yet local politicians who accused the innocent during the raids get the vaad endorsement. In her own words when asked if she would support an amnesty program she responded based on what she reads in the APP. she should have known not to rely or get her information from there. 

APP: Guadango
"All I know is what I read in your paper and that is that there is an inordinate number of people involved in some sort of shenanigans when it comes to Medicaid I didn’t see any response to the amnesty which causes me concern. So I would enforce the law, period.’’
Vaad spokesman:
"This is not a grand conspiracy, but we have a couple bad apples every now and then," Rabbi Moshe Zev Weisberg said Thursday in an interview with NJ Advance Media.

APP: Lkwd Mayor

Sunday, November 5, 2017

What the VAAD did not tell you about Phil Murphy's Running Mate.

In the Vaad election Pamphlet they made sure to bring up a lawsuit involving the Republican candidate for LT. Gov but failed to mention anything about the democrat LT. governor.
 As of January 2017, 16 states have passed anti-BDS legislation. The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement The Global Campaign to Delegitimize Israel. Sheila Oliver, Murphy's running mate was one of only three legislators to vote against the landmark anti-BDS law last year which banned pension investments with companies that boycotted Israel. New Jersey’s anti-BDS legislation was signed into law last summer. The Vaad statement went aggressively against anti Semitic behavior and statements by politicians across NJ its surprising that this detail was left out. The ADL writes this about BDS:

Many of the founding goals of the BDS movement, including denying the Jewish people the universal right of self-determination – along with many of the strategies employed in BDS campaigns are anti-Semitic. Many individuals involved in BDS campaigns are driven by opposition to Israel’s very existence as a Jewish state. Often time, BDS campaigns give rise to tensions in communities – particularly on college campuses – that can result in harassment or intimidation of Jews and Israel supporters, including overt anti-Semitic expression and acts.  This dynamic can create an environment in which anti-Semitism can be express more freely. And, all too often, BDS advocates employ anti-Semitic rhetoric and narratives to isolate and demonize Israel.

Murphy was quick to say that he would have voted for the anti BDS legislation

Oif Simchas/events Lakewood November 5th, 2017

-Vort: Hachosson  Avrohom Yaakov Parnes Kallah Bas R' Yitzchok Zimmerman     Ateres Yeshaya hall, Lakewood  5-9 pm
-Vort: Hachosson Zev Arye Selengut to Hakallah Bas R' Moshe Pruzansky at   Zichron Shneur 282 Oak Knoll Lakewood, NJ 7:30 pm
-Vort: Hachosson chaim Ochs  to Hakallah Chani klein Bas R' Yaakov 5:30pm at   rabbi Gissinger shul
-Vort: Hachosson Ari Reichman to Hakallah Daniella Ebert(London) at 701 Twin Oaks Drive 6:00-8:00pm

-Chasuna: Kessler- Kutcher at Neeimas Hachaim hall, Lakewood
-Chasuna: Hoch wedding at Fountain ballroom Lakewood cheder

Yartzheit Atzeres Zikaron for Rav Tzvi Aaron Karme ZTL at Ohr Tuvia 9969 East End, Lakewood 8:00pm

Mincha/Maariv together minyanim in Lakewood

With the clock change and cold weather coming here is a list of shuls that daven Mincha followed by Maariv. Mincha usually starts 10- 15 minutes before shkiah followed by Maariv. Please list new or update info.

-The Old shul  4th and Park  Mincha 9 minutes before shkia followed by Maariv
-Anshei Sfard 13th and Madison has Maariv after mincha all year round in the Ezras Noshim
-Chestnut shul 105 Chestnut Street Corner of Tiffany Lane & Chestnut Street
-Lutzk B"M 520 New Egypt rd. Outside Westgate.
-Cong. Sons of Israel  590 Madison Avenue  corner 6th and Madison.
-Khal Lev Avraham 124 Gudz road
-Khal Nachlas Yitzchok (R Oelbaum) 25 Kelm woods Avenue.
-Khal Yaakov Akiva- Raintree 1371 Alvarado Avenue  (only on Sundays)

-Khal Zichron Yaakov (R' Gissinger) 175 Sunset Rd.  mincha 15 minutes before shkiah.

Lubavitch of Lakewood 1309 Central Avenue

Saturday, November 4, 2017


One question everyone is asking is , why does there need to be a new VAAD? How will this help us? 

Many longtime Lakewood residents are looking to move to nearby towns to escape the higher taxes and higher cost of housing being marketed to people moving from Brooklyn. As people move out to Jackson and Toms River, the costs are starting to rise there as well. But it is very simple to move a block or two further away from Lakewood and get an affordable home. Unfortunately the VAAD insists on supporting a plan of irresponsible building in Lakewood. They claim that the need for building is for the Yungeleit of Lakewood. In reality the building is for attracting people outside of Lakewood to move here in order to enrich a select few developers. Ironically this causes the cheaper housing in nearby towns to become an inconvenience for the Yungeleit that would like to move there. As dense development becomes built in Lakewood, it becomes nearly impossible to move further out into towns that need to drive into Lakewood for schools that they already attend or for shopping. Even in Lakewood, an

Video: Pumpidisa Band at Neveh Parlor Meeting, Jackson, NJ

Melava Malka Motzei Shabbos Vayera Lakewood 5778

-Remember to turn back the Clock
-Pirchei Melava Malka at Bais Faiga hall 5th- 8th grade boys 8:30 pm $12
-Kumzitz Carlebach Yartzheit at Berditchev Kloiz with Mendy .J
-Vort: Hachosson Yonason Pick to Hakalla Gewirtzman at Bnos Bracha 1655   corporate west in lakewood (near lake terrace) from 9:30 pm

Traffic Alert: Verrazano Bridge Closure Tomorrow NYC Marathon

Due to the the NYC Marathon, both levels of the  Verrazano bridge will close from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  this Sunday, November 5, 2017,  and the Bay Street and Lily Pond Avenue exits of the Staten Island Expressway will also shut down from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. The MTA will also close the upper level of the bridge in both directions at 11 p.m. on Saturday to prepare the roadway for the marathon
 Please plan an alternate route and expect significant delays. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

63 Frum Yidden in IDF Jails Erev Shabbs Parshas Vayera 5778

Solidarity signs in Lakewood Yeshva

Jackson Mayor on Hate message: "We do not condone this behavior and it will not be tolerated,"

Photo: Courtesy of
No need for the Lakewood Vaad  but the Mayor of Jackson, NJ responded to a recent hate image that was carved out in a local Park APP reports - A swastika and a message that Jackson officials called anti-Semitic recently appeared in Woodland Park, prompting the town to treat it as a hate crime.

in a statement  Mayor Michael Reina.  said "We do not condone this behavior and it will not be tolerated," "We accept everyone into our community and any message of hate is taken very seriously. I encourage anyone with information to come forward."

Traffic Advisory: Indefinite lane closure on northbound GSP exit 109 local

NJTA - ADVISORY: Damage forces indefinite lane closure on northbound GSP in Middletown.  The right lane of the northbound Garden State Parkway local roadway just north of Exit 109 in Middletown will be closed indefinitely for emergency bridge repairs.

The structure carrying the Parkway over Middletown-Lincroft Road was damaged this afternoon when it was struck by a back hoe being hauled on the bed of a trailer.

A town of Hachnosas Orchim

Repost: Parshas Vayera- The Capitol hotel was the place were many meshulachim and guests would stay while spending time in Lakewood, it has now gone. There are many private homes who offer guests to stay in for extended periods of time free of charge. B'H we have large homes with basements and attics to accommodate guests who stay in town. Its not only sleeping arrangements, but for food and meals, the Tomchei Tzedaka arranges nightly suppers and vouchers at local eateries. With both the Capitol and the former Solomon's

Lakewood Zmanim ערב שבת פרשת וירא

Erev Shabbos Kodesh Parshas Vayera Friday 14 Cheshvan 5778/November 3, 2017

Candle lighting 5:33
Shkiah 5:51 Pm

Shabbos weather: Partly cloudy high of 56
Motzei Shabbos:
-Change Clocks Back to standard time
-Avos Ubanim begins in Lakewood shuls
-Carlebach yartzheit Kumzits

Pirchei Melava Malka This Motzei Shabbos New Lower Price

The Pirchei Agudas Yisrael of Lakewood will have its Annual Melava Malka ths Motzei Shabbos for 5th-8th grade boys. It will take place at Bais Faiga hall following Avos Ubanim. This year the price is $10 a member and $12 for non members. Previous years it was at $15.

FAA: Why the Lakewood Township Committee Meeting was cancelled

First Amendment Activist

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Oif Simchas Lakewood November 2, 2017

-Vort: Hachosson Mordechai Frankel  to Hakalla Nechama Kadosh at West Gate simcha hall 7-10 pm
-Chasuna: Ziemba- Schreiber at Fountain ballroom Lakewood Cheder
-Chasuna: Handler- Keller Ateres Reva hall
-Chasuna: Hirschfeld- Strulovics at Lake Terrace hall  Buses leaving to the Struowitz chasunah from the B"M 8th & Madison

- kumzitz Toamehu & wine tasting to benefit the kollel & Nesivos 8pm -11 5 Bridgewood
- Neveh Tzion Parlor meeting 2 Blue heron drive Jackson, NJ 7:30


We would like to announce that the first meeting of the Vaad Ltzorchei Tzibur took place last night.  We are currently a 6 member  group of businessmen and longtime residents of Lakewood and one now resident of Toms River. Each member has no conflicts of interest in real estate or any personal business contacts with any politicians. Every member wishes to remain anonymous at this time. Members were asked to join based on their reputations in servicing the klal and chesed work and their involvement in the Torah community.  Every member pays property taxes and has no contracts with any government agencies. After much discussion it was decided to make our first public endorsements in the upcoming election. We consulted with agreed upon daas torah. They also would like to remain anonymous and have no financial gain in any of the decisions that were made.

While we all agreed that at this time our suggestion for governor is not going to change the lives  of our residents dramatically, it is imperative that we as a known Torah community vote for a candidate that has values closer to those of our community. It is a close race and some of our members are connected in Republican circles. We feel that Kim Guadagno would appreciate our communities support and help us in our future efforts to deal with over development and traffic issues. She also has promised to help Lakewood attract and  build businesses that can reduce our tax burden. She also understands the special situation of our school system and will work with us to create a fair system that can reduce our school tax.

For Township Committee we have decided that while Mike Delia has not shown that he has the welfare of the residents in mind, we feel that he is the better alternative at this time. We were assured that he is willing to work with committeman Akerman to slow the rapid growth and have the welfare of the klal and our Torah community in mind.

Mike Berman has promised that he wants to make sure infrastructure is built before any more substantial building is allowed. He also will work with committeeman Akerman to make sure that our town is liveable and safe. Both of our choices for Committee were republicans and our hope is that Mr. Akerman would be Mayor in the coming year and have an agenda to repair some of the damage done by Mayor Coles and his special interests.
While we do not feel that our community will be able to stop Bob Singers election in a Republican majority county, it was unanimously decided with consultation of Daas Torah, that as a Torah community it is forbidden to help such a person. We are asking that you abstain from voting for him.
Both Republican Assemblymen are worthy candidates
Sean Kean has been in office for many years and is dedicated to helping Lakewood overcome its challenges
Edward Thomson is well educated in governmental procedures and funding. We highly recommend you vote for both of them.
We will be sending out the full list of all of our suggested candidates. We hope that we were able to help you decide which candidates are the best for all of us and not a select few.
We hope this is a new beginning for Lakewood and we will be working to help the new residents moving in to surrounding towns.

Hoping for a bright future,