BELMAR — A Monmouth County judge has temporarily closed a yeshiva in Belmar at the request of the Monmouth County Health Department, which said it was operating as an unlicensed youth camp. Mesivta Keser Torah-Jersey, Rabbi Dovid Heinemann and Camp Emzee, Inc., all received a temporary restraining order from Superior Court Judge Joseph Quinn. The order prevents all parties from resuming operations at the day camp. “We are gratified that Judge Quinn acted quickly and decisively today on this matter of great concern,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the Monmouth County Health Department [MCHD]. “The Health Department has numerous responsibilities not the least of which is enforcing the laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety,” Mr. Curley said. “We are entrusted with the public’s welfare and it was imperative that we took swift action on behalf of the young people attending this camp.” The yeshiva, located at 503-505 Eleventh Ave., did not have the correct certificate of approval required under state law, according the the health department. The judge’s decision temporarily halts the yeshiva’s camp operations there and at any other property in the county, pending further disposition. A hearing in the case has been scheduled for Aug. 29. A man responding to a phone call at the Camp Emzee location in Lakewood did not identify himself, but confirmed that the camp could no reopen until state approval is obtained. About 30 campers, ranging from second grade to seventh grade, had been attending the camp, according to the county health department, which said it had taken action after receiving information from local officials.
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