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 - Millburn


By Bob Faszczewski


MILLBURN, NJ - The potential capacity of a 16,350 square foot synagogue proposed for the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Old Short Hills Road and its effect on parking in the area were the focus of Monday night's testimony by Rabbi Mendel Bogomilsky before the Millburn Board of Adjustment.


By Jennifer Connic, Millburn.Patch
June 22, 2010


The Zoning Board of Adjustment continued its hearing Monday night on the proposed Jefferson Avenue synagogue.


There were a lot of questions for Rabbi Mendel Bogomilsky during Monday's Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing on the proposed synagogue, and most came with yes or no answers.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


The Item of Millburn and Short Hills


The Chai Center for Living Judaism’s application is underway as of April 12. The Millburn Zoning Board of Adjustment heard the first of what will be many presentations regarding the plan to demolish two single family homes at 1 and 7 Jefferson Ave. in order to construct a 16,350 sq. ft. orthodox synagogue.

Millburn-Short Hills Patch

April 13, 2010


After nearly four hours of legalese, including a two-hour testimony from Rabbi Mendel Bogomilsky, no decision was reached at the first Millburn Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting on the proposed synagogue on residential property on Jefferson Avenue. The meeting was cut off at 11 p.m. in the interest of time.

By LOIS DESOCIO NY Times local blog


Residents came out in numbers last night to the Hartshorn Elementary School in Short Hills for the first hearing of Rabbi Mendel Bogomilsky before the Millburn Township Zoning Board of Adjustment in his quest to build a 16,350 foot synagogue on two lots in Short Hills.

By Patricia C. Kelley -Independent Press

April 13, 2010, 9:58AM


MILLBURN – After several postponements and a break in the action to call an ambulance for an ailing Zoning Board member, Rabbi Mendel Bogomilsky began to present his case to knock down two houses and build a 16,350 square foot synagogue on Jefferson Avenue in Short Hills.


The New York Times
April 4, 2010

Like missionaries of yore, Rabbi Mendel Bogomilsky set out 20 years ago to
establish a foothold for his faith in a wilderness of sorts.

Rabbi Bogomilsky is one of 4,000 emissaries of the Brooklyn-based Lubavitch
Hasidic group, which has been setting up outposts across the globe to
encourage more engaged Jewish observance. He put down stakes in Millburn,
N.J., a genteel township with Reform temples and Conservative synagogues but
no Orthodox house of worship.

The meeting will take place on March 22 at Hartshorn Elementary School.

By Jennifer Connic
March 3, 2010

The Chai Center for Living Judaism's hearing to construct a new synagogue has been rescheduled and moved to a larger venue.

The Board of Adjustment's hearing is now scheduled for March 22 at 7 p.m. at Hartshorn Elementary School, according to Eileen Davitt, board secretary. The move to Hartshorn is to accommodate an expected large audience.

Thursday, February 25, 2010
The Item of Millburn and Short Hills

The Concerned Neighborhood Association of Millburn, operating under the name Save Millburn, held an open public meeting Feb. 25 to discuss the variance issues surrounding The Chai Center of Living Judaism zoning application.

The NY Times Local blog

Tempers flared last night at the packed Bauer Center at Taylor Park during a meeting of Save Millburn, or the Concerned Neighborhood Association of Millburn Township, an organization created to rally support, and raise funds, to block the Chai Center for Living Judaism’s proposal for a variance of the zoning ordinance.

By Daniel Eckert
The Alternative Press

MILLBURN, NJ – Over 70 residents, many part of an advocacy group called ‘Save Millburn’, came together on Wednesday night at the Bauer Center to discuss their concerns about allowing zoning exceptions in Millburn which would permit a 16,350 sq. ft. synagogue to be built on the corner of Jefferson Ave. and Short Hills Road.

Neighbors opposing the application clashed with supporters during the session called by Save Millburn.

By Jennifer Connic February 24, 2010

A meeting of a neighborhood organization opposed to the construction of a synagogue on Jefferson Avenue got heated Wednesday night while the synagogue's rabbi responded to questions.

By Richard Khavkine/For The Star-Ledger
February 21, 2010, 6:54AM

MILLBURN -- A possible resolution to a 15-year dispute between a Short Hills rabbi and Millburn township officials – in the shape of a 16,000-square-foot synagogue – has roused stern resistance from a group of neighbors.

The Item of Millburn and Short Hills

Representatives of Rabbi Mendel Bogomilsky are scheduled to appear before the Zoning Board of Adjustment in March to apply for three variances to Bogomilsky's Jefferson Avenue and Old Short Hills Road property where he hopes to construct a synagogue.


A grass roots civic group, the Concerned Neighborhood Association, known as Save Millburn, wants residents to be aware of the zoning issue this creates in the township. The group had planned an open community meeting for Feb. 10, but it was cancelled due to the blizzard. The meeting has been rescheduled for Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., at Bauer Community Center in Taylor Park.

By Dustin Racioppi
The Alternative Press

MILLBURN, NJ - PetSmart and Trader Joe’s are on their way to Millburn. And believe it or not, people -- including those who tried to thwart the move into town -- are happy about it.

February 17, 2010, 5:16 pm

On Feb. 10, The Local ran a post about a zoning dispute in Millburn, which gave birth to a group, the Concerned Neighborhood Association of Millburn Township.

Save Millburn is the name for the local, registered, non-profit group,
The Concerned Neighborhood Association of Millburn Township, Inc. - Email