This proposed 16,350 square foot house of worship would require
65% more land than owned to meet the legal requirements.
The structure would be too big, too high, too wide, too close to neighbors,
and without a major variance, would not be legal.

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Media / Press

The Alternative Press

Jeff Hopkins

Tuesday, December 21 2010


MILLBURN, NJ - As has been the case virtually all year, the proposed expansion of the Chai Center was the main issue of discussion during Monday’s meeting of the Millburn Zoning Board of Adjustment.  While the testimony was in no way as heated Monday night as it had been at previous meetings, it was certainly not lacking in terms of length or complexity.

Published: Wednesday, December 08, 2010, 9:32 AM    
chai center exterior.jpgThe proposed Chai Center as seen from Old Short Hills Avenue in Short Hills.

MILLBURN – It’s been almost a year since Rabbi Mendel Bogomilsky made an application to the Zoning Board of Adjustment to build a synagogue and religious center in a residential Short Hills neighborhood and there is still no end in sight to the application which is being fought by a group of residents.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


The Item of Millburn and Short Hills


Rabbi Mendel Bogomilsky of Millburn is looking to knock down two single family homes at 1 and 7 Jefferson Avenue and build a new 16,350 square foot synagogue for his congregation to worship in.


The rabbi's application for his Chai Center of Living Judaism faced some opposition at the latest Zoning Board hearing Nov. 15. Some residents don't think the parking and traffic projections presented by expert Elizabeth Dolan are in keeping with the residential surroundings.

The Alternative Press

by Christy Potter Kass  Monday, November 15 2010



MILLBURN, NJ – The Millburn Zoning Board of Adjustment heard the latest in a series of testimonials on Monday night regarding the proposed expansion of the Chai Center.

But the opposition to the proposal for a new synagogue said the plan does not properly address a long-term solution.

By Jennifer Connic

Millburn-Short Hills Patch

BY Gudrun Lake TUESDAY, NOV 16, 2010

Another month, another meeting in Millburn to hear evidence on the Chai Center, a controversial proposal for an enlarged orthodox synagogue in the Short Hills section of town.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010





It was round two for the Chai Center's traffic engineer, Elizabeth Dolan, to testify in front of the Millburn Zoning Board of Adjustment. However, board members didn't get one chance to pose a question as lawyers questioned her traffic impact analysis.

By Jennifer Connic | August 24, 2010  Patch Millburn Short Hills


Millburn Township Town Hall


The line of questioning was on how many people could fit inside the sanctuary and the adjacent social hall as a spill over area.


Larry Appel, Chai Center architect, testifies before the Zoning Board of Adjustment.


By Christy Potter Kass - The Alternative Press - Millburn



MILLBURN, NJ – The Millburn Township Zoning Board of Adjustments now has more specific details about the proposed Chai Center synagogue, which is to be built at the corner of Old Short Hills Road and Jefferson Avenue.


Thursday, August 5, 2010

One of Millburn?s most conspicuous assets is the activism of its residents. Whether the issue is related to neighborhood schools, a downtown construction project or strengthening the bonds between neighbors, residents are quick to join together working toward a solution. The township?s staple civic groups often represent a cultural potpourri as well. This mix brings different customs, priorities and long-term goals. Common Ground is a series that will explore the diversity and aspirations of the township?s ethnic, social and other organizations.

Thursday, July 29, 2010
The Item of Millburn and Short Hills


In the third zoning board of adjustment hearing July 26 for a site plan application to build a synagogue on Jefferson Avenue, opponents of the application attempted to discredit the civil engineer who oversaw plans for the proposed house of worship.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

At last night's sparsely attended Millburn Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting -- the third in the ongoing Chai Center synagogue saga (proposed to be built at the corner of Old Short Hills Road and Jefferson Avenue) -- there was theoretical speculation about topics such as the amount of garbage produced by a wedding of 140 people, and how much space a car needs to do a "K" turn. With a focus on details, membership lists were scrutinized regarding numbers of congregants who live in Millburn and would walk to Orthodox Jewish services versus those who would drive. There was also discussion of access for emergency vehicles, environmental impact and the effect of planned lighting on adjoining properties.


There were questions on the center's mailing list before the evening turned to engineering issues. The hearing continues on Aug. 23

By Jennifer Connic
The Patch of Millburn Short Hills
July 27, 2010


There were questions on the Chai Center's mailing list before the Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing shifted to engineering issues on Monday night.


It was the third hearing on the application to build a synagogue at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Old Short Hills Road for the Chai Center for Living Judaism. A fourth hearing is scheduled for Aug. 23.

By George Moore
The Alternative Press Millburn

MILLBURN, NJ - In the latest in a series of meetings that began on April 12th of this year, Millburn's Zoning Board of Adjustment heard arguments on the proposed Chai Center synagogue to be built at the corner of Old Short Hills Road and Jefferson Avenue. The board had expected a larger crowd than could be accommodated at its usual venue in the Municipal Building, so the meeting took place at the Millburn High School auditorium.


Published: Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 6:09 AM

Richard Khavkine/For The Star-Ledger


MILLBURN — A Millburn rabbi seeking to build a 16,000-square-foot synagogue among Short Hills’ opulent mansions testified before the zoning board Monday night that his endeavor is a modest one and that it would not create the bottleneck of either attendees or traffic that neighbors fear.

Opponents say traffic is key in challenge to Millburn synagogue
by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -  New Jersey Jewish News Staff Writer
June 23, 2010
About 100 people gathered at the Hartshorn Elementary School in Short Hills for the second installment of the Chai Center's application for a zoning variance before the Zoning Board of Adjustment of Millburn Township.
The Chabad-affiliated center hopes to tear down its current building, at 1 Jefferson Rd. in Short Hills, and erect a 16,350-square-foot center on that property and an adjoining lot owned by a center member, totaling 1.858 acres. The construction would require four different variances.

Save Millburn is the name for the local, registered, non-profit group,
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