Following advertisements for organized trips to Mini Israel
and Chai Keif in Rishon Letzion and advertisements by
attractions that desecrate Shabbos such as Keif Tzoba,
tractor rides outside of Beit Shemesh, Holiday sailing
excursions in Herzeliya and other sites that trample the
sanctity of Shabbos in public, the Rabbinical Committee is
asking the public to conduct thorough inquiries to ensure
that sites keep Shabbos before setting out to visit them.
The dramatic public awakening in the matter of avoiding sites
that desecrate Shabbos has led several attractions to keep
Shabbos, including Merkavot Latrun, boat trips at Begin Park
in South Tel Aviv, Chavat Nokdim in Emek Chefer and Tractoron
Hagalil in Kfar Yovel. Maintaining a firm stance will lead
other places to close their gates on Shabbos as well.
The Shabbos Information Center says that at Ganei Yehoshua in
North Tel Aviv the boat rides and all of the paid rides and
attractions desecrate Shabbos. The only Shabbos-observant
boat rides in the Tel Aviv Region are at Begin Park, a large
recreational facility with enormous grassy areas, a small
zoo, playground equipment and a lake with swans, motor boats
and pedal boats. Bicycle and electrical-cart rentals are also
The rabbonim remind the public not to visit places open on
Shabbos Kodesh to avoid lending a hand to the destruction of
Shabbos. By standing firm in safeguarding the sanctity of
Shabbos we will make a major contribution toward
strengthening the walls of Shabbos observance.
For information regarding Shabbos-observant sites call the
Shabbos Information Center at 02-5401990 or 057-3110032.