The Hadassah Medical Organization has plans to build two housing units to accommodate medical students in the capital. The buildings are planned for Strauss Street, on the border of Meah Shearim. The Eida Chareidis is adamantly opposed to the units, which are intended to provide 78 apartments in two buildings.
They feel that since the majority of the residents will not be frum, the presence of the buildings will present a spiritual danger to community residents. The badatz has already sent a letter to chareidi city councilmen making its position clear, that it remains adamantly opposed to the project.
The letter states the buildings are inappropriate for the area and their presence would result in a significant blow to the character of the community and even result in conflict on weekdays and Shabbos alike.
The Eida is calling on city councilmen to “please act to stop the project”, insisting it will not tolerate construction of buildings intended for non frum men and women. “The buildings will bring pritzus to the community” the letter warns, “not to mention foul language and prohibited sights, chilul Shabbos and more” it continues.
Officials that do not share the Eida’s view or concerns insist the project is going to be built on private land adjacent to other Hadassah academic facilities that also benefit the chareidi community.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)