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26 Iyar 5766 - May 24, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Rotation Agreements Between Degel HaTorah and Agudas Yisroel Carried Out in Various City Councils

By Betzalel Kahn and Y. Ariel

Two-and-a-half years after the last round of local elections, rotation agreements between Degel HaTorah and Agudas Yisroel were carried out in city councils across Israel.

In Rechovot Rabbi Shlomo Stern (Agudas Yisroel) resigned to allow Rabbi Aryeh Stauber to take his seat. Atty. Stauber represented the whole of the chareidi constituency in previous terms. He was accepted by all segments of the public and was held in high regard both in chareidi circles and by Mayor Shuki Forer and other local leaders.

In Haifa Rabbi Aryeh Blitental stepped down to make room for Rabbi Chaim Williger (Degel HaTorah). Rabbi Williger, Degel HaTorah's first representative in Haifa, displayed dedication and consistency in his previous post, and is credited with many of UTJ's achievements together with his colleague, Rabbi Blitental.

In Petach Tikva Rabbi Shlomo Korlansky (Degel HaTorah) resigned to allow Rabbi Shmuel Tirer (Agudas Yisroel) to take over. Rabbi Korlansky is a young representative who demonstrated remarkable abilities in public activism during his short term as a member of the city council and won the admiration of all segments of the public in Petach Tikva. He is expected to post many more achievements in the years to come.

In Beit Shemesh Rabbi Eliezer Greenbaum (Degel HaTorah) stepped aside to bring in Rabbi Avrohom Mordechai Berger (Agudas Yisroel). Rabbi Greenbaum, a ten-year council veteran, was the first chareidi representative of the chareidi part of the city and Beit Shemesh's first Degel HaTorah councilman. During this period he represented chareidi Jewry with loyalty and distinction, and even made numerous achievements for the city's bnei Torah and the general public as well.

The rotation agreements were reached following efforts by Rabbi Menachem Shapira and Degel HaTorah Secretary Rabbi Moshe Gafni.

In Afula and Tiberius rotations are expected to take place this week with Shas representatives giving their seats to Degel HaTorah representatives — Rabbi David Ochana in Tiberius and Rabbi Menachem Gold in Afula. Shas Chairman Minister Eli Yishai and Shas Director MK Yaakov Margi told Rabbi Gafni and Rabbi Shapira the rotation would be carried out within the next few days.

Two months from now rotation agreements are scheduled to be carried out in Herzylia, where the NRP representative is slated to resign and bring in Rabbi Moshe Garshi (UTJ).

Since elections were held earlier in Jerusalem the rotations were carried out before Pesach, with Rabbi Yosef Levy (Degel HaTorah) stepping aside to make room for Rabbi Yosef Deutsch (Agudas Yisroel).


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