Yeshiva of Ocean and Rav Meir Miller Face Anti-Yeshiva Opposition


ocean-njThe Asbury Park Press reports: Opponents of a proposed yeshiva at the Copper Gables office building at Deal and Poplar roads have hand-delivered a letter stating their case to many township homes.

The letter details Yeshiva of Ocean’s pending application before the township’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.

“My concern is the use,” said Randi Lane resident Damian Sylvia, 47, who wrote the two-page document. “It’s not an approved use in Ocean Township – period.”

Sylvia said many residents opposed to the application have concerns ranging from the use, to its size and lack of accreditation.

“This is a safety concern,” Sylvia said. “You put 60 adult men with no background checks…no registration process together and you are going to tell me there won’t be a bad apple among them.”

Plans before the zoning board outline turning the office building into the religious study school and a home for its rosh yeshiva, Rav Meir Miller, his wife, and their 10 children. Rav Miller is a son of Rav Shmuel Miller, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Bais Yisroel in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and a grandson of Rav Avigdor Miller zt”l.

“It will be a learning center where people worship and board,” said project attorney Jennifer Krimko. “It is a house of worship hybrid.”

The yeshiva got its start 10 years ago here but has since moved to Eatontown, at the West Long Branch Synagogue on Monmouth Road and Cubera Court, rav Miller said.

The Millers currently live on Whalepond Road in Eatontown in three houses partially occupied by its 30 students.

This new plan would double the student population.

It calls for a sanctuary/study hall/classroom hybrid on the first floor of the 10,000-square-foot office building. Also proposed are an ezras noshim, bathrooms, a dining area, kitchen with pantry, study, and living quarters for the rosh yeshiva and his family.

The second floor would house 10 dormitory rooms, a shower/bathroom area, and other living quarters for the family, including a master bedroom.

Talmidim would stay three to three and a half years with a goal of continuing their education in Israel, Rav Miller said.

“Specifically they are taking something not really suited to house 60 men and putting them in a residential area already overrun by traffic,” said Deal Road resident Carolyn Cleary Franco, 47, who lives diagonally across from the proposed site. “I don’t think the site or the grounds are large enough for that.”

Yeshiva of Ocean officials said they would comply with all guidelines and regulations as they look to expand to the two-story Copper Gables office building.

A hearing on the application is scheduled to continue 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the public meeting room in Town Hall, 399 Monmouth Road.

{APP/Noam Newscenter}


  1. Tell this idiot the following fact: BMG (Lakewood Yeshiva) which is exclusively a male population, was down the block from Geogian Court College which was exculsively for woman (until about 3 years ago). These 2 institutions are on the same block for over 40 years, and there has NEVER been an incident between the students of these 2 institution! Yisroel Kedoshim Heim!!!

  2. They have a point. We need to think of our neighbors too.

    I’m so sick of everyone claiming antisemitism. They are not antisemites. They simpply don’t want their quiet streets becoming the busy areas.

  3. #2, I agree with you 100%. It’s not only the goyim or secular Jews who are against having public institutions on their blocks. Frum Yidden also like to have peace and quiet in their residential neighborhoods and as a Frum Yid, I understand fully when people fight schools or shuls on their block.