The REAL History of the Jews of Teaneck

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On May 6, 1969, B’nai Yeshurun finally received a Resolution (106-69) which allowed a variance to “be granted to Congregation B’nai Yeshrun to use the existing building for religious purposes, which does not comply with the requirements if the R-A One Family  Residence Zone”.

At the time, there were fewer than 2 dozen families in the fledgling synagogue.

But it was NOT a simple process and it started a pattern of discriminatory actions in Teaneck, which were used to keep Orthodox Shuls specifically from opening.

For several years, I have been following the stories.

This is the real history of our existence in Teaneck.  And it’s a very difficult path that many fought to create.

Some of the topics will include:

  • Exclusionary Zoning Rules

    • Teaneck once tried keeping out Jews and got sued by the Nuns

    • Acreage requirements (struck down by courts)
    • Distance requirements (struck down by courts)
    • Complicating zoning schemes (struck down by courts)
    • and more
  • Variance Denials

  • Lawsuits

  • Hatred

But first, let’s start with May 6, 1969 — 53 years ago today:

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