The National Insurance Institute (NII) has approved a request to set up an office in the central ultra-Orthodox city of Elad. The town's residents have been finding it difficult to visit the local office in the nearby city of Petah Tikva as there is no separation between men and women and because of the female workers' "immodest clothes".
NII Director-General Esther Dominissini met about two weeks ago with Elad Mayor Rabbi Yitzchak Idan and informed him that the institute has recognized the need to open a branch in the city, as many of Elad's residents require national insurance services.
Rabbi Idan said he was waiting for a date for the new office to open, following many promises given to him on the matter in the past.
At the mayor's request, the Elad office will be affiliated with the NII's Bnei Brak branch, due to the nature of the city and its residents and the heavy foot traffic at the Petah Tikva branch.
Dominissini said that the final decisions on the timetable would be made immediately after the Jewish high holidays, which ended Sunday.