[Letter below.] Lakewood, NJ – In response to advertisements regarding a carnival slated to be held today in Lakewood, the rabbonim of the town have issued a letter strongly urging the members of the kehillah to refrain from participating in the event, which is open to the public, both men and women, with no safeguards to protect the kedushah of the community.
The event, advertised as the “First Annual Lakewood Community Fair Rides,” presents serious concerns relating to modesty, and therefore the rabbonim have stated that kehillah members, including young children, should refrain from attending.
The letter, obtained first by Matzav.com, includes the signatories of the roshei yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha, Rav Malkiel Kotler, Rav Dovid Schustal and Rav Yeruchem Olshin; Rav Matisyahu Salomon, mashgiach of Beth Medrash Govoha; Rav Yaakov Forchheimer, Rav Shmuel Meir Katz and Rav Osher Chaim Lieberman, poskim of Beth Medrash Govoha; Rav Yitzchok Sorotzkin, rosh yeshiva of Mesivta of Lakewood; Rav Yosef Zimbal, rov of West Gate; Rav Shmuel Blech, rov of Khal Anshei Sfard; Rav Mordechai Rosenbaum, rov of Khal Shaarei Torah; Rav Yisroel Reisman, rov of Chateau Park-Ashkenaz; Rav Avrohom Miller, rov of Bais Medrash Kol Yehudah of Brook Hill Estates; Rav Aharon Walkin, rov of Bais Medrash Bais Aharon; Rav Binyomin Zev Halpern, rov of Khal Bais Halevi; Rav Aharon Zuckerman, rov of Khal Zichron Pinchos; Rav Shlomo Gissinger, rov of Khal Zichron Yaakov; Rav Moshe Shimon Wosner, rov of Chateau Park-Sefard; Rav Yaakov Lazewnik, rov of Presidential Estates-Ashkenaz; Rav Shloime Lowy, rov of Presidential Estates-Sefard; Rav Henach Shachar, rov of Bais Medrash of East End; Rav Yosef Greenfeld, rov of Bais Medrash of Chestnut; Rav Chaim Mayer Roth, rov of Sterling Forest-Sefard; Rav Avrohom Abba Freundlich, Bais Horaah of Chestnut; Rav Mendel Rabinowitz, Yeshiva Ketana of Lakewood; Rav Chanoch Saltz, posek at Beth Medrash Govoha; Rav Avrohom Spitzer, Skverer Dayan of Lakewood; and Rav Mordechai Bezalel Klein, Satmar Dayan of Lakewood.
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