Municipal inspectors on Erev Shabbos Parshas Noach shut down a Chabad tefilin booth in Ramat Aviv, threatening failure to close would result in a fine. The shaliach working the booth was told since he did not have a permit, he would have to shut it down or receive a fine.
The same occurred in Herzliya a number of months ago, resulting in a stir, until Mayor Moshe Fadlon met with the city’s shaliach and put on tefilin, sending a clear message of support and putting the matter to rest.
Chabad continues an uphill battle in secular Ramat Aviv, which has often exhibited strong opposition to any religious education or influence in their area.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)