An order to evacuate a Chabad shul in Ramat Beit Shemesh Gimmel has already been issued at Beit Shemesh City Hall plans to demolish the structure. The gabbai and mispallalim of the newly-founded Chabad minyan are working to prevent the destruction of the caravan, which City Hall explains was positioned illegally. The mispallalim of the shul met on motzei Shabbos parshas Shoftim to discuss their options.
During the meeting the fear was expressed that City Hall is not showing any leniency in the matter and that the shul will be removed. The participants in the emergency meeting agreed to do everything legally possible to prevent the removal of the shul in the new neighborhood. One of the decisions involves manning the shul all the time in the hope of preventing the removal of the caravan.
The mispallalim explain many Chabadniks moved into the area and they have no shul to daven in. A tractor arrived at the caravan on erev Shabbos to destroy the caravan because it is standing in a public area. The mispallalim blocked the tractor with their vehicles.
City Hall officials explain the caravan was placed without a permit, now in a public area that is intended to be a green area. Officials explain the caravan prevents progress on building the public park. City officials’ add the policy of the local government is to prevent pirate structures, including shuls and this will not be an exception.
“We respect the Chabad kehilla along with other kehillos in the neighborhood and we call upon them to submit an official request to the appropriate city committees”.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)