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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The “total disregard” of the religious needs of Modi’in Illit’s Sephardi
residents has prompted Religious Services Minister Ya’acov Margi to order the
establishment of a religious council in the city.
Ya’acov Guterman, mayor
of the haredi city, was informed of Margi’s decision by the ministry’s
directorgeneral, Avigdor Ohana, on Sunday.
A statement issued that day by
the ministry named Guterman as the figure ignoring “the Sephardi population’s
religious needs” and gave the municipality nearly two months to present the
names of its candidates for the new body.
Sources in the ministry say
that Sephardi residents seeking funding for Torah-related activity in the city
“run into a brick wall.”
The statement points out that Margi’s decision
is in accordance with the law for Jewish religious services.
have a religious council that regulates and provides religious services, but in
some locales – such as Modi’in Illit – those services are provided by the
Guterman, who stands to lose significant clout in
Modi’in Illit, slammed Margi for his decision “to create unnecessary positions
in the city.”
Speaking on Radio Kol Hai Sunday evening, the mayor
asserted that his city’s religious services budget goes solely to religious
Forming a religious council, he said, “would funnel the money
to honorary positions and unnecessary posts.”
Guterman maintained that
currently nobody has any problem getting the needed funding for religious
activities in his city.