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Degel HaTorah of Beit Shemesh Meets to Discuss Election Preparations

By Yechiel Sever

Degel HaTorah of Beit Shemesh held its first board meeting on elections preparations after selecting 45 branch members and 11 board members in internal branch elections two months ago.

The meeting, held to get ready for local elections scheduled for 13 Cheshvan, was opened by Branch Secretary Rabbi Shmuel Greenberg, who provided an update on routine activities for the community in Beit Shemesh. He also said the board must discuss and reach decisions on all matters related to the elections. Board members held a piercing discussion on the joint efforts by UTJ, which is comprised of Degel HaTorah and Agudas Yisroel. They also discussed the UTJ elections list and the issue of the mayor's office.

Rabbi Menachem Shapira, director of the Degel HaTorah Municipal Department, said the principles important to Degel HaTorah should be hammered out. The board members were unanimous on the issues that should be stressed, saying meetings should be held immediately rather than waiting until the last moment.

Councilman Rabbi Moshe Montag said heavy emphasis should be placed on housing and education, noting Beit Shemesh could lead a housing solution that would affect the entire country, saying it has obtained zoning for 30,000 residential units, a portion of which already have Taba approval in Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel.

The Branch Secretary raised a proposal to set up a board committee that would be authorized to handle the following issues: contacting Agudas Yisroel of Beit Shemesh to conduct negotiations on the effort to make a joint list to vie for the mayor's office, discussing the mayoral election and evaluating all the data it receives; discussing the Degel HaTorah list for Beit Shemesh and determining the main issues to focus on in the election campaign.

The board would also address the Degel HaTorah platform as well as the needs of the party and its constituents, work to unite the party and bring as many voters as possible into its ranks, select branch members and party field workers to re- map Degel HaTorah voters throughout the city and submit work summaries for board approval. The issues will be submitted for review and inquiries by the city's rabbonim and then would be presented to the branch for approval.

After reading aloud the decisions the proposal was approved unanimously.


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