Election of city rabbis is fair, says religion ministry

10.10.2011                      12.Tischrei. 5772

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Election of city rabbis is fair, says religion ministry

Religious Services Ministry rejects claims process of appointing city chief rabbis is unrepresentative, open to manipulation or unequal.

The Religious Services Ministry rejected on Sunday claims that the process of appointing city chief rabbis is unrepresentative, open to manipulation or unequal.
The reaction comes in response to a ruling last week in which the High Court of Justice issued an injunction demanding the ministry explain why it refuses to make the procedures by which city rabbis are elected more transparent and representative.
According to a petition of the Neemanei Torah Veavodah religious- Zionist organization filed in March this year, the current regulations governing the election of such rabbis excludes large segments of the population from having any say in their appointment, since 75 percent of the committee delegates who elect city rabbis are themselves appointed or effectively controlled by the Ministry of Religious Services….