The generator set up in Jerusalem’s Ramat Eshkol neighborhood supplies electricity on Shabbos and yomim tovim for the Bnei Yeshivos shul along with about 35 families.
While years ago Ramat Eshkol was an area of elite Ashkenazi secularists and a strong dati leumi community, today it is rapidly becoming home to many former American kollel families. As the dati leumi shul loses members, the chareidi community, both American and Israeli, continue to grow.
Truth be said, in this case, the operators of the generator have given opponents ammunition by running a PVC fuel line across the generator’s outer housing, exposed to the dry are brush, with opponents expressing fears of the safety and fire hazard involved.
Opponents insist that fire department officials over the past year have cited the dangers involved with the PVC fuel lines but nothing has been done. Yochanan Bechler, who heads the community council, insists he is not opposed to the shul, or even the generator which was planted on public ground, but he cannot tolerate the exposed fuel lines which pose a hazard to the entire area. He adds that children frequently play in the wooded area and he is afraid nothing is going to be done until there is a tragedy chas v’sholom.
Bechler explains that since he made demands to correct the condition, the situation has deteriorated and some members of the local council have actually been verbally abused.
City Hall reports a criminal indictment is being processed towards correcting the situation, adding the city’s legal officials are preparing the case.
YWN has contacted a number of individuals in the frum community to obtain a response. No one is willing to go ‘on record’. Should a response follow the release of this article, it will be published at a later date.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)