With the siyum hashas only weeks away, the official announcement has been made and the main Hebrew siyum planned to be held in the Moshava Stadium in Petach Tikvah has been canceled after the venue has been viewed as unsuitable since it hosts chilul shabbos events.
As the search for a new suitable location is underway, Shas party officials are searching for a venue for a Sephardi siyum hashas, planned for Monday 11 Av 5772 in Teddy Stadium in the capital.
Shas preferred to hold the event in Ammunition Hill on Tuesday, 12 Av, but Agudas Yisrael in Yerushalayim has the location booked. The location is not large enough to accommodate two large events simultaneously. Due to other logistical realities, Shas arranged for the Monday event in Teddy Stadium with the participation of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita. The organizers expect over 15,000 participants.
In the interim, Jerusalem City Hall was approached to fund the siyumim, as the organizers feel the events fall under the banner of religious or cultural, pointing out that the chareidi community receives a nominal sum of City Hall’s annual cultural budget.
The city has decided to fund the Agudas Yisrael event planned to accommodate 10,000 participants, promising 800,000 NIS but refused to fund the Shas event in Teddy Stadium. As a result, Shas is involved in heavy fundraising as the party needs to put together 2 million NIS for the event.
Shas Minister Meshulam Nahari has already received a commitment for 1 million NIS from government ministries, primarily from the Ministry of Education. In addition, Kol Berama Radio, which will be airing the event live will undertake a portion of the funding as it will benefit from advertising revenue.
City Hall explains that the city is taking part in the partial budgeting of the siyum events that occur every seven years, and the funding is partial and made indiscriminately regarding the different siyumim from the various communities in the city.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)