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Library to Host Program: ‘Understanding Your Jewish Orthodox Neighbors’

Orthodox Jewish men. (Photo: Ernst Moeksis)

Orthodox Jewish men. (Photo: Ernst Moeksis)

The Ocean County Library’s Lakewood branch will present a program exploring the similarities and differences between Lakewood’s fast-growing Orthodox Jewish population and their neighbors in surrounding towns.

As part of the program, Professor Ali Botein-Furrevig, Academic Advisor of the Center for Peace, Genocide and Holocaust Studies at Ocean County College, will present her book “Heart of the Stranger: A Portrait of Lakewood’s Orthodox Community.”

The program is set to begin at 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 23 at the branch, 301 Lexington Avenue, Lakewood.

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In recent months, relations between the Orthodox community and neighboring residents in Toms River, Jackson and – to a lesser extent – Brick have become more strained following attempts by some Orthodox real estate agents to use what some describe as “blockbusting” and intimidation tactics to purchase property in Toms River and Jackson.

In response, Toms River enacted a ban on real estate canvassing in some portions of the town, while Jackson and Brick have tightened their canvassing and zoning ordinances.