Rabbonim from Yerushalayim’s Ramot neighborhood have signed a letter prohibiting the tzibur from shopping or visiting the “Kenyon Ramot” Shopping Center, which is under chareidi management. According to reports, the rabbonim made several attempts to speak with the chareidi partners, but their request were ignored, leading to the letter placing the shopping center ‘off limits’.
The rabbonim explain the shopping center opened two years ago and prior to the opening, they were promised the new shopping center would adhere to the frum lifestyle of community residents and it would of course exhibit an awareness of the religious sensibilities and modesty standards of the community.
The rabbonim point out that as of late, the standard has not been maintained and the shopping center violates all terms of the agreement. The rabbonim add that a third story is planned for the building, which they fear will be “worse than the existing two floors”.
The rabbonim cite that “left without other alternatives” the shopping center is being placed off limits and the tzibur is instructed not to shop there any longer. Among the rabbonim who signed the letter are HaGaon HaRav Asher Weiss Shlita (Gavaad Darchei Torah), HaGaon HaRav Yitzchok Aryeh Leib Halprin (Av Beis Din Ramot Gimmel), HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Neiman, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Yehuda Cohen, HaGaon HaRav Oriel Eisental, and HaGaon HaRav Menachem Mendel Fuchs.
When asked to response, the shopping center management explains it welcomes Jerusalemites from all walks of life, acknowledging it has met with area rabbonim and management will continue doing whatever it can to accommodate the chareidi tzibur.
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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)