By DON STINE
An application to convert a single-family home in Allenhurst into a synagogue was approved by the Allenhurst Planning Board last week.
The applicants, Ohel Yis’hak Sephardic Synagogue of Allenhurst and Rabbi Moshe Shamah, will now create a synagogue in a single-family house at 108 Allen Ave. The application allows for a second story to be added to the building and also allows on-site parking.
The applicant also received preliminary and final site plan approvals, bulk variance relief, design waivers, along with a Certificate of Appropriateness Major to permit the second-story addition and renovate an existing single-family home into a house of worship.
Shamah purchased the 5,266-square foot house in 1998, which was used as his home.
The use of the property as a synagogue was never in question after a federal district court ruled that the use was allowed in the zone.