A meeting in Jackson, NJ last night ended with an ordinance being passed to block the possibility of an eruv being built in the town.
Ordinance NO. 20-17 states: “No person shall encumber or obstruct any street or public place with any article or thing whatsoever.”
SECTION 2: “All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith are hereby repealed.”
Section 2 refers to a loophole in the town’s laws which allows for the Mayor to bypass rules barring obstructions to be placed in a public place. Getting the Mayor to sign off on an eruv was the eventual course of action planned for askanim in Jackson, who work tirelessly to meet the needs the quick growing Jewish community there and are now left without any legal recourse.