The new owners of the River Restaurant in Ra’anana have decided to close its doors on Shabbos, a move that has outraged Ra’anana Councilwoman (Meretz) Edit Diamant, who is calling to boycott the restaurant all week.
Using Facebook to get her messages out, Diamant calls on former Shabbos patrons of the restaurant to boycott River during the week as well towards showing the tzibur does not approve of the decision to become Shomer Shabbos.
Her post states “River Restaurant in Ra’anana this week has become kosher and is closed on Friday night and Shabbos. From what I understand, this issue is important to the new owner. As a veteran client of the restaurant, and because few restaurants are open in Ra’anana on Friday night and even fewer offering deliveries, I am hurt by this change and therefore plan to avoid the restaurant all week and I call on all those who feel this is important to do the same. It is important for the public at large to express its opinion and vote by its actions if we expect anyone to address our needs”. Signed Edit Diamant.
The new owner, Eyal Mizrachi, spoke with Mordechai Lavi of Radio Kol Chai. Eyal, 28, started to keep Torah and mitzvos about a decade ago.
He explained that he belongs to the same restaurant chain, “River” and now he is kosher and in the coming weeks hopes to become mehadrin when the restaurant will be ready and approved. Eyal adds the overwhelming number of responses praised the move and on motzei Shabbos, some of the patrons came from as far as Jerusalem just to show their support for his move and to wish him success.
Photo: Facebook posts from Councilwoman Diamant’s page
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)