The treasury has agreed to a dramatic increase in the salaries of new
city rabbis, a senior Finance Ministry official announced at a Monday
meeting of the Knesset's Finance Committee.
“There are huge gaps between the wages of veteran [city] rabbis and new
ones, who earn NIS 6,000. They are not allowed to have additional jobs,
and their income must be respectable, while at the same time setting a
public example,” treasury wage chief Ilan Levin told member of the
committee headed by MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism).
“A new city rabbi will earn approximately 80 percent of what the city's
director general's salary is,” Levin stated, and added that his ministry
will within two weeks present the formula that would enable the
allocation of the NIS 2.2 million to that end. Gafni, who initiated the
talks on the topic, asked to ensure that the money would not come at the
expense of other religious services.
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