Funding Transfer for Yeshivas, Kollelim and Guaranteed
By Eliezer Rauchberger
The Knesset Finance Committee approved an NIS 22-million ($5-
million) transfer for yeshivas, kollelim and
Guaranteed Income as part of the 2006 budget, based on an
agreement reached with UTJ more than six months ago. UTJ
representatives demanded that the back funds be paid before
they would support the 2007 budget.
The agreement included a provision not to reduce the level of
yeshiva support, kollel stipends or Guaranteed Income
before the end of 2006. The NIS 22 million was intended to
meet this condition.
MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni welcomed the decision, but warned that
the 2007 budget approved in a first reading and currently
being reviewed and updated for second and third readings
contains drastic cuts in the yeshiva and kollel
budgets as well as in Guaranteed Income payments, where the
funding cut is smaller. Rabbi Gafni says if these budget
components are not rectified before the final budget votes
the damage to the Torah world could be severe.