Jerusalem City Hall Says ‘NO’ to Funding Siyum HaShas for Shas

(Tuesday, June 19th, 2012)

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)


3 Comments

  1. YECHI says:

    Natually have a joint siyum ould not be the thing to do,

    it might create unity in klal yisroel, Or heaven forbid it would not allow the so called gedolim to get their kovid and the managers their piece of the pie.

    is it just me who sees this?

  2. bklynmom says:

    Thank you government for helping with the FUNDING.

  3. thinkingverydeeply says:

    How sad that this is even coming into question. Why isn’t there an Asifa for the purpose of uniting Klal Yisroel? I once heard in a Shiur that it says that even if Klal Yisroel is worshipping Avoda Zara, if there’s Achdus amongst all ranks in Klal Yisroel, Hashem takes care of their needs, and no enemy could beat them. And this was proven a few times in our history.
    I would have thought that an Asifa at least in Eretz Yisroel where this machlokiss mostly exists. An Asifa about creating peace amongst the different groups in Klal Yisroel is an imperative. I would have thought of it being more of an imperative then the Internet Asifa in Citifield. But unfortunately Nobody is really looking to tackle the sinas chinam, and two different siyum hashases have to take place in Eretz Yisroel, the Paltrin Shel Hamelech. What a sad generation we live in. Maclokiss is nobodies concern! And well the school system is so built on this ability to be able to accept the children they see fit. Causing endless amount of people pain, and agony!

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