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25 Teves 5759 - Jan. 13, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly







Chareidi and Religious Municipal Authority Forum Founded

by A. Cohen

At a meeting of religious mayors and city council heads, held last week in the office of Bnei Brak mayor, Rabbi Mordechai Karelitz, the Forum of Chareidi and Religious Municipal Authorities in Israel was founded. The unique problems of the chareidi and religious populations, as compared to those in other Israel local authorities, were discussed. Among the current problems in need of solutions are student transportation, classroom shortages, posting of guards in schools during the afternoons, and the subsidy of studies and transportation during summer vacations. Other municipal authorities do not share all of these problems; or, perhaps, they do but to a lesser degree.

At the meeting, Rabbi Mordechai Karelitz, mayor of Bnei Brak - - the largest municipal authority in the chareidi sector -- was appointed head of the Forum. Attendees expressed their hopes that the Forum would soon begin to formulate its work methods and to clarify its particular demands to be presented to the national government.

Upon his appointment, Rabbi Karelitz said that the Forum should have been formed long ago. "The chareidi sector has developed by leaps and bounds over the past few years, and it is inconceivable to reconcile ourselves to a situation in which not even the most minimal attention is paid to the needs of this sector, which is entitled to the same approach that all other sectors receive," Rabbi Karelitz stressed.

It was proposed to nominate Rabbi Karelitz as a candidate in the forthcoming elections for the chairman of the Local Government Center position.

The meeting was attended by Rabbi Yosef Shvinger, head of the Modi'in Illit council (Kiryat Sefer); Rabbi Yehuda Gerlitz, head of the Beitar Illit council; Rabbi Avner Maatof, head of Emanuel's council; Rabbi Avrohom Rosental, head of the Kiryat Ye'arim (Telz-Stone) council; Rabbi Moshe Tawil, head of the Rechasim council; Mr. Tzuriel Krispal, head of the Elad Mazor council, and Rabbi Dovid Milgrom, head of the Ramat Chovav council.


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