Good news for people with special needs: Israel's first disabled-accessible synagogue was inaugurated in the northern city of Kiryat Bialik last week.
The synagogue, located in the town's Givat Harakafot neighborhood, was inaugurated on Thursday in the presence of Minister of Religious Affairs Ya'akov Margi, Kiryat Bialik Mayor Eli Dukorsky and the city's Rabbi Yosef Yashar.
The construction of the synagogue cost NIS 1.3 million (roughly $350,000), which was funded by the municipality and the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Hundreds of residents of Kiryat Bialik attended the ceremony. "This is the first public building that I had the honor of building and inaugurating," Dukorsky said.
Representatives of the Access Israel association said the new synagogue was the first in Israel to be built to accommodate the needs of disabled people. The association said it would grant it the seal of accessibility.