The Jackson Township moments ago approved the ban on dormitories throughout the Township.

Last month, the Township pulled the proposal from the agenda) when a large crowd showed up to oppose the ordinance.

The meeting this evening also attracted a large crowd.

The unanimous approval of the ordinance comes despite the fact that many saw this as a direct target of Orthodox Jews moving into the town, and an effort to further deter the growth of Jewish residents within the township.

The ordinance bans dormitories anywhere in the Township – including residential, commercial and industrial zones.

Agudath Israel of America’s New Jersey Director Rabbi Avi Schnall was extremely unhappy about the vote.

“Tonight’s vote was a severe setback in the relationship between a growing portion of Jackson residents and the town Council,” Rabbi Schnall told TLS. “Over the past few weeks, hundreds of emails were sent to the council members asking to have a conversation, all these requests were ignored.
It’s a very sad day for Jackson and for religious liberties.”