Monday, February 17, 2020

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Living in the neighboring town to Dati-neck (“DATI-neck’: A History of Orthodox Teaneck,” Aug. 1, 2019) of Fair Lawn for the past 36 years, I have seen the amazing growth of the Orthodox community. Very similar to Teaneck, there were few, if any, Orthodox Jews in Fair Lawn. Approximately 50 years ago, Jews living in the neighboring town of Paterson and other communities in New York and New Jersey started moving to Fair Lawn. I and I’m sure many Fair Lawnites are glad that we are approximately seven miles from Teaneck, but we too have much to be proud of.

For a relatively small town (5.2 square miles), we have seven Orthodox shuls. Of course, some of our claims to fame are Zaides Bakery, Kosher Express (Chinese), Perfect Pita and Mashu Mashu (sushi). I have seen people from Teaneck in all those places. We too have apartments where young families move to, and many then buy houses.

The one comment, from Rabbi Amsel, that I have to disagree with is Teaneck is not “the only community where all the rabbis get along.” As an example, earlier this year, I attended a meeting that discussed the Fair Lawn mikvah. All rabbis from the seven shuls (and some of their wives) were in attendance and the discussions were not about benefiting the individual shuls, but rather the needs of the community.

Lastly, many of the shul bulletins have a Community News section where they share events happening at other Fair Lawn shuls. I am sure we in Fair Lawn have a historian, who would be more than happy to write about our “local history” in more detail.

William Hochman
Fair Lawn