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10 Shevat 5759 - Jan. 27, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly







Housing Ministry Reports Construction of 46 Mikvehs and 77 Synagogues in Last Two Years

by Betzalel Kahn

"During the past two fiscal years, the Housing Ministry built 46 mikvehs and 77 synagogues, an expenditure of 100 million shekels. The mikvehs and the synagogues were built in new neighborhoods throughout the country, according to the decisions of the Brodet Committee."

This was reported by Rabbi Meir Porush, Deputy Housing Minister, at a recent meeting of the Ministry executive board to discuss a report: "Public Institutions: A Summary of the Last Two Fiscal Years and Plans for 1999."

At the meeting, Rabbi Porush said that he is not satisfied with the budgetary permit for the completion of veteran public institutions in older neighborhoods for 1999, and intends to request a significant increase in this budget.

The clause under discussion is a Housing Ministry budgetary clause which aimed at completing public institutions for neighborhoods built during the years 1982- 1989. However the Brodet Committee regulations cannot be applied to these institutions, and the 1999 budget makes it very difficult to allocate resources to build in these areas where there is an acute dearth of public buildings, continued Rabbi Porush. A joint committee of the Housing and the Finance Ministry is currently attempting to update the regulations of the General Directors' Committee for Religious Sectors, which would include budgetary allotments for synagogues.

It currently costs 940,000 ($230,000) shekels to build a mikveh, as opposed to the 471,000 ($115,000) which it cost in the past.

A list of the settlements which have received budgets for the building of two or more mikvehs in their new neighborhoods was presented. These cities include: Ashdod, Ashkelon, Rechovot, Beersheva, Petach Tikvah, Beitar Ilit, Elad, Beit Shemesh, Ramat Beit Shemesh, and Jerusalem. One mikveh was build in each one of these cities: Eilat, Haifa, Yokne'am, Holon, Kfar Saba, Carmiel, Lod, Modi'in, Maaleh Adumim, Raanana, Nahariya, Natzrat Ilit, and Tel- Aviv. Each of these mikvehs is 120 square meters or more in size.

At the meeting, a list of cities which have received budgets for the building of a synagogue in their new neighborhoods was also presented. The cities where the largest number of synagogues were build by the Housing Ministry are: Jerusalem, Petach Tikvah, Ashdod, Elad, Ashkelon, and Beersheva. Synagogues were also built in Eilat, Bnei Brak, Givat Shmuel, Herzliya, Or Yehuda, Holon, Tveria, Yokneam. Kfar Saba, Carmiel, Lod, Lapid, Modi'in, Maaleh Adumim, Matan, Nahariya, Nes Tziona, Natzrat, Netivot, Arad, Tzoran, Tzur-Yigal, Bat- Chefer, Kiryat Ata, Kiryat Tivon, Ramat Gan, Raanana, Rechovot, Kiryat Sefer, Netanya, Hadera, Beitar and Tel Aviv.

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