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 asked to ensure that the money would not come at the expense of other religious services.