Worrisome Figures Presented at Emergency Meeting for
by Betzalel Kahn
At an emergency meeting held at the offices of the Union of
Yeshiva Managers on Sunday 27 Tishrei, MKs Rabbi Moshe Gafni,
Rabbi Meir Porush, Rabbi Shmuel Halpert and Rabbi Eli Yishai,
public figures and managers of Torah institutions presented
worrisome figures regarding the inadequacy of the basic
budget of NIS 400 million allocated for the yeshivas and
The managers presented a grim picture of the current
situation and the funding difficulties the institutions face,
which will leave no alternative other than to double tuition,
placing a heavy burden on parents already straining under the
financial loads they have to bear.
The MKs and public figures who participated in the meeting
agreed that a solution must be found by acting together to
improve the financial situation of the Torah institutions,
following the steep deterioration in regular funding by the
government ministries on all fronts.
A special discussion was devoted to preparing for the
upcoming 2006 budget talks in order to bring about
improvements in various areas. Among the decisions reached
was to set up a small team of MKs and yeshiva managers to
work toward a solution in the matter.