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Hundreds of New Jersey residents protest planned Jewish high school near Lakewood

By Mason White 2:09 PM October 3, 2013
Rabbi Ephraim Birnbaum 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
Hundreds of people came out in force to voice their opposition of a planned Jewish high school in New Jersey.

Hundreds protested against planned construction of a female Orthodox Jewish school for 400 students in Jackson.

Township Zoning Board on Wednesday, deferred a decision on a variance because the board said it needed a traffic impact study.

The attorney representing the rabbi, who wants to build the school, urged the Board not to discriminate between public and private schools. The rabbi’s engineer said two public schools were built in similar neighborhoods.

Many residents expressed fears that such a school could increase school transport costs similar to neighboring Lakewood, where the school board is facing a deficit of $4 million.

Rabbi Ephraim Birnbaum, who is behind the planned new school, said at the conference that such fears are unfounded.