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State to employ non-Orthodox rabbis

May 29, 2012 16:21

The Attorney General’s Office announced on Tuesday that, in accordance with a recommendation from the High Court of Justice, the state has agreed to pay the wages of non-Orthodox rabbis serving their communities, as it does for Orthodox rabbis and their congregations.

Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the legal arm of the Reform Movement in Israel, described the decision as “an historic day” for the state and a huge step towards bringing pluralism to Israel.

The decision come following a hearing in the High Court earlier this month on a petition filed in 2005 by the Reform Movement in Israel, among others demanding that rabbis of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism who serve as heads of communities be paid by the state.

The justices presiding over the case, Elyakim Rubenstein, Hanan Meltzer and Uzi Fogelman, instructed the Attorney General’s Office to reconsider it’s position on the matter, which until now, had opposed the initiative, resulting in Tuesday’s announcement.

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