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New Jersey - Calling Him “The Other Mayor Of Lakewood”, Asbury Park Press Profiles Rabbi Aaron Kotler

Published on: April 24, 2018 01:22 PM
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Rabbi Kotler with Former NJ Gov Chris ChristieRabbi Kotler with Former NJ Gov Chris Christie

Lakewood, NJ - In a two part series highlighting Beth Medrash Govoha’s role in the explosion of Jewish growth that has transformed Lakewood in recent years, the Asbury Park Press profiles yeshiva president Rabbi Aaron Kotler and his multi-pronged efforts on behalf of the school and the Jewish community, both in and out of the township.

Bearing the name of his grandfather who founded Beth Medrash Govoha, Rabbi Kotler joined the school’s administration in 1996, reluctantly stepping in to help breathe life into the 53 year old yeshiva which was struggling financially. 

After putting the yeshiva back in the black, Rabbi Kotler used those same reservoirs of business sense, charisma and sheer determination to grow Beth Medrash Govoha, a move that brought massive change to the township’s infrastructure in order to accommodate Lakewood’s ever-increasing population.


Dubbed “Lakewood’s other mayor” by the Asbury Park Press, Rabbi Kotler’s fingerprints can be seen throughout the town, focusing his efforts on the needs of the yeshiva community including Pell grants, transportation funding and educational policy.  In addition to lobbying legislators in Trenton on behalf of the township’s Jewish community, Rabbi Kotler also travels to Washington D.C. to advocate for residents’ needs, a move has yielded benefits to Orthodox Jews beyond Lakewood.

Praising the Asbury Park Press for its coverage, Rabbi Kotler stressed the value of giving the general population an opportunity to better understand “the immense and profound beauty of our traditional way of life, flaws and all.”

“Reporters have a difficult job in trying to get a story right, especially with tight timelines and fast news cycles,” Rabbi Kotler told VIN News. “The APP often shines a tough spotlight on local challenges; I am appreciative that they work equally hard on giving our community the ability to speak up.”

Click here to read  the full Asbury Park Press story.

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 Apr 24, 2018 at 02:03 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

ok can he use the business sense to make people work? instead of muching and learning without a plan?


 Apr 24, 2018 at 02:28 PM Anonymous Says:

I do not have any ties to Lakewood but I appreciate and benefit from his lobbying on behalf of the greater Jewish community.


 Apr 24, 2018 at 04:35 PM Secular Says:

Why is he lighting s Lubavitcher Menorah??


 Apr 24, 2018 at 05:51 PM Anonymous Says:

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Secular Says:

Why is he lighting s Lubavitcher Menorah??

It is a huge question why Christie is lighting a Lubavitcher menorah.

Why do you think that might be? Did his wife buy it for him?

How inane.


 Apr 25, 2018 at 01:15 AM Anonymous Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

ok can he use the business sense to make people work? instead of muching and learning without a plan?

Most of Lakewood now works . You are behind the times .


 Apr 25, 2018 at 07:18 PM Cricket Says:

He also graciously agrees to participate in Pesach hotel programs. He makes his namesake very proud.


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