Beit Shemesh Mayor Bloch Leads Cleanup Effort in the City [VIDEO & PHOTOS]


Under the leadership of Mayor Aliza Bloch, city employees and residents of Beit Shemesh came out for a general cleaning operation throughout the city. In the operation, which began at 9:00AM and ended after dark, the children of the city in kindergartens and schools from the various sectors – state, dati leumi and independent chareidi schools also participated. Also participating were firefighters, rescue volunteers, workers, factory employees, community center employees and many volunteers from among the city’s residents.

35 stations were set up throughout the city, in which bags and garbage collection equipment were distributed, as well as hats and certificates of appreciation to the volunteers who participated in the operation. Mayor Aliza Bloch moved among the volunteer groups, thanking them personally and participated actively in collecting dirt from sidewalks, roads and open spaces.

Many residents expressed their surprise to Bloch, as well as their admiration for the city’s enlistment in favor of quality of life in the city after many years of neglect. “I’m proud to live in a city like this,” was a phrase that came back again and again. Bloch noted that she saw light in the eyes of excited students, and this was not only because they were getting out of school. Many students said that participating in the campaign makes them feel more connected and have a responsibility for the quality of life and cleanliness of the city.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem/Photo Credit: קבוצת רוטרניק)


  1. I like the part about children’s cleanup participation makes them more aware and connected to the chashivus of keeping E”Y clean.
    I am not so sure about the participating Chadarim, knowing the halacha that tinokos shel beis rabban are not supposed to be excused even to build the bais hamikdash. That, coupled with the idea of exploiting everyone’s time for free, when i assume there is citizen tax money allotted to city sanitation? Oh, that, and potential lawsuits for somebody getting hurt?
    I would feel less leery if it were a nonprofit volunteer organization instead of a city-sponsored effort.

  2. Much more important is that every gan , school and throughout the city there be an anti-littering campaign just like there was not to pick wild flowers years ago!

  3. Does YWN Israel Desk have an agenda against Gedolei Yisroel? Is Aliza Bloch paying you commission? I’m not denying that the people of Beit Shemesh deserve clean streets and Kol HaKavod that she is investing in that but the amount of press you are giving this issue is suspicious.

    BTW, I didn’t notice an article about the TelzStone election outcome after the divisive and misleading precursor article.
    Could be a similar agenda at work. Hum?

    Moderators Note: No idea what conspiracies you are cooking up… but the “TelzStone election outcome” was published on YWN.

  4. a simpler jew, clearly those who opposed her election were mistaken. there is a lesson here for those wanting to study who should get involved in what and when and under what circumstances.

  5. Dear Moderator:

    My apologies. I missed that article.
    Of course I did not mean any conspiracy theories. Just based on the high tech article earlier this week and the current clean the street article the impression is that YWN is promoting the “We are smarter than Gedolei Yisroel” approach not usually associated with the yeshiva world. I believe wholeheartedly that Rav Chaim, Rav Gershon, and Rav Shalom Cohen knew what they were doing when they supported the other candidate despite his inability to clean up the garbage.

    In terms of Telshestone it was disappointing that in the first article it was not mentioned that leading rabbonim from the Moetzes came in for the Kenes from Bnei Brak and Yerushalayim like Rav Dov Landau and Rav Binyamin Finkel to promote Ravitz who was only mentioned in passing while Paley who ran against the wishes of the rabbonim was given a full bio. Even in the second article no mention of Ravitz’s credentials are made.