Chabad chassidim have emerged victorious in their battle to change the name of Max Nordau Street in Netanya to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson Street, after the late Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l.
The city’s Chabad House was located on Max Nordau Street and it will now be located on “The Lubavitcher Rebbe Street” after the city decided to accept the request of the shlichim in the city.
Rav Menachem Wolpe and his staff are celebrating 35 years in the city’s Chabad House, prompting their request for the street renaming.
Despite objections from some of the street’s residence, explaining they are not shomrei mitzvos and as such, do not wish to live on a street with such a name, Rav Wolpe took his case to City Hall in the form of an official request.
City Councilman Adir Binyaminei (Green Party) sent a letter to Mayor Miriam Fireberg threatening a violent opposition to such a move. “It will be like an Intifada” he warned, adding “I will throw the first stone”.
Nevertheless, despite the threats, the town Naming Committee on Monday approved the request and in an attempt to appease opponents, an alleyway will be named after Nordau.
Some of the non-frum neighbors after hearing of the decision vow to continue their battle.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)