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Hatikvah to Challenge Council Decision

The school announced that it is immediately moving to file suit in Superior Court.

The Hatikvah International Charter School announced this morning that it will file a lawsuit against East Brunswick in response to its decision to overturn a zoning board variance on Monday.

"As East Brunswick taxpayers, residents and voters, we are appalled that our elected officials chose to put politics ahead of common sense and their own agenda ahead of the laws which they have sworn to uphold. We are immediately moving to file suit in Superior Court to appeal the council's decision.  We are certain that we will prevail, as we have prevailed every single time anyone has tried to let politics trump the needs and rights of our children to their education.  We are confident we will be welcoming students to our brand new facility on Lexington Avenue this September.  We only regret that the council's decision will lead to more frivolous litigation at taxpayer expense, when the law is clearly on our side,” Danna Nezaria, President of the Hatikvah International Charter School Board of Trustees said in a statement.

On Monday, the Township Council reversed a zoning board decision that would have allowed the Hatikvah International Academy Charter School to renovate 557,379-square-foot warehouse into a school. 

Before making its decision, council members said they were concerned about safety and with upholding current zoning and the Master Plan. 

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Liti Haramaty January 18, 2013 at 01:36 PM
'Don't attack' says that - "Michael Steinhardt is an advocate for education, research, and the constant adaptation to social changes that affect society.". That is now exactly what i read on the Steinhardt Foundation home page:"The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, formerly Jewish Life Network/Steinhhardt Foundation, was founded in 1994 by Michael H. Steinhardt to strengthen and transform American Jewish life so that it may flourish in a fully integrated, free society. Our philanthropy seeks to revitalize Jewish identity through educational and cultural initiatives that reach out to all Jews, with an emphasis on those who are on the margins of Jewish life, as well as to advocate for and support Hebrew and Jewish literacy among the general population." They are not looking to "affect society" they are looking to affect the Jewish community, and "with an emphasis on those who are on the margins of Jewish life".
Cade January 18, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Lori, I find that statement ironic being when I inquired with the school about the question of diversity among students I was told that "they can not release that information due to privacy policies"...nothing more said
Kelly January 18, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Well, yes, Merrill, that's a given, because Michael Steinhardt has his own staff person on the Board.
Kevin Wyman January 18, 2013 at 03:08 PM
@Don't attack.... you forgot a critical part to your Cake Boss analogy....The Cake Boss Foundation has specified that all your home ec classes must bake Italian cakes or they will withdraw their support....Hmm...I absolutely think the district should decline this offer.... Don't you?
Kelly January 18, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Good point, Kevin Wyman. If a traditional public school accepted a donation like this, it would be considered PAY TO PLAY.

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