The UTJ representative in the Petach Tikvah City Council has
honored a rotation agreement signed between Degel HaTorah
and Agudas Yisroel on the eve of the last municipal
elections. Agudas Yisroel's representative, Rabbi Yosef
Altman, who served in the first half of the Council's term
of office, vacated his seat in favor of Degel HaTorah
representative Rabbi Uri Kaminsky.
A similar rotation took place in Haifa recently. Activation
of the rotation agreement was praised by city council
members both in Haifa and Petach Tikvah. All commended the
political integrity of the UTJ representatives as befitting
The rotation ceremony was a kiddush Hashem. At the
end of the meeting, all of the council members shook Rabbi
Altman's hand and lauded him for his efforts on behalf of
the chareidi sector in Petach Tikvah.
Mayor Yitzhak Ohayon congratulated the new Degel HaTorah
representative, Rabbi Uri Kaminsky, and wished him much
success. He also praised Rabbi Altman for his many efforts
on behalf of all residents of the city.
Rabbi Altman thanked all the City Council members,
especially the mayor. He closed by noting that the residents
of Petach Tikvah were saved from the recent terrorist
attacks in the city on the merit of Mayor Ohayon's support
of lomdei haTorah, manifested by an increase in
subsidies to the kollelim.
The new representative, Rabbi Kaminsky, is one of the
outstanding communal activists of Petach Tikvah, and is well
known for his willingness to grant assistance to all who