A milestone. The synagogue
Photo: Yuval Newman

First State-funded Reform synagogue opens in Modiin

After several years in litigation Reform Movement, Construction and Housing Ministry reach agreement which births Israel's first-ever State-funded Reform synagogue

After several years in litigation and numerous hurdles Israel's first ever State-funded Reform synagogue was inaugurated in Modiin on Monday.


In the past, the Reform Movement filed two High Court petitions against the city of Modiin and the Construction and Housing Ministry, citing "discrimination in the appropriating of funds for the construction of synagogues and public venues."


The Modiin Municipality than reach an agreement with the Yozma project, of the Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism – which backed the petitions as well; according to which the Construction and Housing Ministry will allocate land and a 650 square feet structure for Yozma's project in Modiin.


The compromise enjoyed the support of both Modiin Mayor and then-Housing and Construction Minister Isaac Herzog.


"This is a major milestone for Israel's pluralistic public," said the Reform Movement. "This move also as bears a refreshing, welcome message to the largest Reform community – that of North America."


פרסום ראשון: 05.06.08, 10:35
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