Funding decision causes storm in Hod Hasharon

Religious councilors were angered by the council's decision to reduce the funding to the Shas-run "El Hama'ayan" network of kindergartens.

January 13, 2008 11:20
1 minute read.


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


A storm has broken out in Hod Hasharon over a council decision to stop funding the local yeshiva for young men and to stop providing greater funds for religious kindergartens than for secular ones, reports Yediot Hasharon. In a fiery meeting that lasted through an entire night, the council decided it would no longer fund the yeshiva to the tune of NIS 100,000, and would reduce the funding in religious kindergartens from NIS 6,000 per child to NIS 2,040, the sum paid for each child in a secular kingergarten. According to the report, opposition councilors initiated the move to stop funding the yeshiva, saying that only seven of the students there were from Hod Hasharon and there was no reason for the city to fund the rest of the students. Shas councilors said the decision was a blow to the status quo between religious and secular residents in Hod Hasharon, and ignored the fact that in every city's yeshiva there were students from other cities. Religious councilors were also angered by the council's decision to reduce the funding to the Shas-run "El Hama'ayan" network of kindergartens. They said religious students have "special needs" that require greater funding. But the council justified the decision on the grounds that funding religious kindergartens at a higher level than secular ones constitutes discimination against secular children. The "El Hama'ayan" network will now get just NIS 100,000, instead of the NIS 250,000 it got in the previous year.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

JERUSALEM: RESETTLED upon its desolation
December 19, 2010
Vying for control of the Temple Mount – on Foursquare


Cookie Settings