Name changes stir up a storm

The committee overrode the protests of many residents and decided to change Rehov Max Nordau to that of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY (TRANSLATED)
June 1, 2008 14:49
Name changes stir up a storm

lubavtich rebbe 88. (photo credit: )

Despite the objections of dozens of residents and some councilors, Netanya's Municipal Names Committee has voted to change the names of two streets in the city, reports www.local.co.il. In the first controversial case, the committee overrode the protests of many residents and some councilors and decided to change the current Rehov Max Nordau to that of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. According to the report, the protesters said that while they had no intrinsic objection to the idea of a street being named after the Lubavitcher Rebbe, this should not be at the expense of a Zionist pioneer such as Max Nordau, who founded the World Zionist Organization together with Theodor Herzl. They said they were still hopeful that the city council would overturn the decision and decide to keep the Nordau name. In the second case, the committee also ignored protests and decided to change the current Rehov Orzim to Sderot Tet-Lamed, the Hebrew acronym for Tom Lantos, the Jewish US Congressman who died in February this year, aged 80. The Hungarian-born Lantos was the only Holocaust survivor ever to have served in the US House of Representatives.


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