Members of Kiryat Yovel’s chareidi community are unwilling to come to terms with last week’s court ruling released by the Jerusalem Local Court siding with secular residents who object to using a home for a Shabbos minyan. Residents are now taking their case to the Jerusalem District Court, seeking to have the earlier ruling overturned.
Chareidi residents feel the court’s ruling was not in line with Freedom of Religion, insisting the use of a vacant home for Shabbos tefillos is not a violation of zoning ordinances as the court states.
Petitioners add that Justice Tamar Asher Bar-Tzaban is known for her anti-religious and anti-chareidi leanings and while this is most unfortunate, they are not willing to accept her ruling as the end of the matter.
Residents are moving forward with the same attorney, Rav
Raphael Shtub, stating with a modicum of confidence the ruling will never stand up in the High Court of Justice and they are also fairly confident the ruling will not even be upheld on the district court level.
Jerusalem Councilman R’ Yosef Deutsch met on Sunday in urgent session with other city officials and MKs from Yahadut HaTorah as they seek a solution for the residents of the city’s Kiryat Yovel neighborhood. The parties involved agreed they must act swiftly to prevent the local dispute from getting out of hand and to permit the chareidi residents of Kiryat Yovel to daven with a minyan on Shabbos without fear of legal reprisal.
The elected officials rejected the concept of a court closing down shuls in Yerushalayim. They explained such occurrences were part of the dark days but are no longer acceptable and may not be tolerated. The participants also discussed the matter of the Chabad kindergarten in the Katamon area of the city, seeking to arrange an urgent meeting with Mayor Nir Barkat on this matter.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)