New Jersey – Real Estate Broker Out Of A Job After Lakewood Vaad Calls On Employer To Take Action Following Anti-Jewish Facebook Comment

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    Tony SloaneLakewood, NJ – A central New Jersey realtor is no longer affiliated with a major broker after a disparaging comment that he made on Facebook was brought to the attention of local media by the Lakewood Vaad.

    Vaad spokesman Rabbi Moshe Zev Weisberg said that the group has been monitoring certain Facebook pages that often feature negative remarks about the Jewish community.

    It was last week that a post written on the Jackson NJ Strong Facebook page by Tony Sloane, an employee of Weichert Realty, caught the attention of the Vaad.

    The post in question questioned the constitutionality of the soon to be created Town of Palm Tree in upstate New York, prompting Sloane to post “Not so bad maybe they’ll all move back to New York.”

    “There is a lot of stuff there every day that really crosses the line but in this particular case, we felt that since he was affiliated with a well known real estate company used extensively by members of the Orthodox community, it seemed appropriate to out him,” Rabbi Weisberg told VIN News.

    The Vaad sent a release about the comment to several media outlets, including two local ones: The Lakewood Scoop and the Asbury Park Press.

    While the Asbury Park Press did not cover the story, The Lakewood Scoop ran with it, calling on Weichert to maintain its professional reputation by firing Sloane and distancing itself from his comments.

    Weichert responded to the article within a day, said Rabbi Weisberg.

    “I am told that they called him in and he didn’t change his tune so they asked him to leave the company,” said Rabbi Weisberg. “I don’t know if he resigned or fired him but I do know that they did the right thing and we were very pleased that they reacted appropriately.”

    Sloane addressed the issue in several Facebook posts, saying that he resigned his position at Weichert because having his comment publicly posted by The Lakewood Scoop could be detrimental to the company and could hurt his co-workers, but that he would not be deterred from speaking his mind.

    “So now that the lakewood scoop can’t take my job or my money there’s nothing left they can do I can speak freely and I’m going to keep on talking Lakewood Scoop,” wrote Sloane.

    Defending his actions, Sloane noted that his comments were made on his personal account in forums that were unrelated to his employment and therefore had nothing to do with his job at Weichert. He also took the Lakewood community to task for numerous other issues that he found problematic.

    “My statement had nothing to do with religion more the fact that there’s many unfair things going on in Lakewood right now; misuse of housing associations to create same-gender swimming situations or people are fined and privatize busing that is costing the city Millions etc. My cousin is actually Jewish I could care less what religion people are.”

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    1. doesnt he have a point though? lots of shihaza going on by certain people in that neighborhood, Also LOL as if frum people never talk derogatory about different socio economic groups, different racial groups. Also lots of nice people in lakewood.

    2. He should sue Weichert. There are sites on the internet in which “religious” people are blogging using phony facebook pages because they don’t want people to know who they are.(lohud) At least he wasn’t being a hypocrite.

    3. Not anitsemtic at all. He has a right to speak his mind. But kudos to the Vaad for going out there and fighting real crime and solving the world’s problems.
      Get a real job Vaad!!!

    4. I hate when a big deal is made out of people commenting about these neighborhood issues concerning Jews. I think I would also be labeled an anti–Semite of I posted my opinions about the builders and neighbors who have taken away my privacy to the point that I have to keep my windowshades closed and all the building going on in Monsey/Spring Valley that turned this into a crowded and ugly looking place to live in.

      Making a big deal and causing a person to lose his jobs over such comments causes more anti-Semitism all around. He didnt say gas Jews, Jews own all the banks, etc. He may be in the wrong regarding seperate hours for community swimming pools, but so what. People need to stop crying “wolf” every time someone says something they don’t agree with. It is not anti-Semitism when someone has a different opinion about others changing the look and character of a neighborhood.

      • Well spoken! Your remarks tie into a response to Poster #8, who asked what’s wrong with Boro Park. Nothing – if you prefer that lifestyle, but it doesn’t mean that observant Jews who don’t value those particular neighborhood mores are heretics.
        Some of us actually daven Ashkenaz, don’t wear a gartel when we daven and still have kavonoh. Some of us believe that it is a worthwhile activity to pray for the safety of Israeli chayalim, even if you don’t particularly believe in the country that they are defending. Some of us believe that there is nothing un-Jewish about a life of Torah im Derech Eretz, where college-educated men with employable skills can provide for their families and not be forced to resort to begging. However, the overwhelming pressure to conform in Boro Park so that grandchildren can be properly married is a reality that many observant Jews choose to avoid.

        • Being forced into a box is actually another negative of literally living in a box. You are under the watchful eyes of neighbors. Not that I do anything wrong, but I can’t stand living in the chulant tup. I had people (some of whom I had no clue were my new neighbors) tell me that they saw me outside of my house. I kid you not. Many people dont know how to mind their own business. This is what Monsey/SV used to be, everyone minded their own business. Now people live so close to one another, their lives are exposed. It’s ironic that we pray every day “mah toivy” and praise klal yosroel for the privacyof the tents in the midbar, while today frum Jews build and purchase houses that have windows are are exposed to their neighbors.

          And believe it or not, many of us who want Monsey/Spring Valley to be what it was, are not Yekkish, MO, or even litvish. We are Chassidish. We are upset that our neighborhoods have become overcrowded, traffic congested, with ugly houses and ten families where they used to be one. I understand The communities are growing. I understand that taxes are high. So fine, one tenant, ok, but 2-8 tenants on a property that used to have one family houses?! Condos on what were residential properties?! Ridiculous!

          I would love to move away from what people have made into what they call the “center” but unfortunately that is not an option for us at this point in time.

      • Yes because if we have to agree with the way you force people to live with overdevelepement and we can’t even voice out objections because that means we are self hating Jews…No i dont hate myself nor other Jews, but I do hate what many Jews are doing regarding not respecting the characyer of the neighborhoods they move into.

    5. A person has a right to express his hate. This Vaad could’ve asked for a meeting so that he could express what he thinks to representatives of the Lakewood community’s different Jewish groups. I assume not everyone there is a Litvak as that is what I’ve heard. Jewish people are commanded to be a light, which is sometimes somewhat challenging.
      I think that the Vaad should contact Weichert & ask that they contact this man in regard to a sit down.
      If, after people explain to him why there’s nothing wrong, or maybe some things, which could be improved, he apologizes, he could be reinstated as an agent, or whatever he was doing at Weichert.
      Imagine that, making a bit of lemonade at the beginning of your Northeastern Winter season.
      Oon, ich bin a id, in case someone has a shaaloh.

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