A meeting was held in the office of Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Dovid Lau Shlita and Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush, Education Minister Director-General Michal Cohen and a number of her senior staff. The talks surround efforts to have Chief Rabbinate of Israel semicha (Rabbinical ordination) recognized as a bachelor’s degree in the work sector. A decision was made to form a committee to probe the merits of such a policy.
The meeting is in response to a decision made by former Minister of Education Shai Piron to diminish the job-ranking points one received for successfully completing tests for Chief Rabbinate semicha. This refers to the point system that determines one’s salary as a teacher, with the point system taking documented authorized continuing education classes an academic degrees into account along with one’s work-related experience. Acknowledging semicha exams would bring teachers in the chareidi sector to a higher pay scale, more in line with the teachers in the regular sector.
The committee that will probe accepting exams from the Chief Rabbinate semicha will include representatives of the Education Ministry and Chief Rabbinate. Both Rav Lau and Porush were delighted at the formation of the committee for if approved, teachers in the chareidi sector who successfully completed tests for Chief Rabbinate semicha will receive a pay hike.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)