Israel’s Religious Services Ministry announced today that it plans to abolish the institution of state-appointed neighborhood rabbis. Instead, financial support will be given to communities that request it for rabbis of their own choice, including non-Orthodox ones.
The plan was unveiled in a brief submitted to the High Court of Justice today in response to a petition by the Reform and Conservative movements and several of their community rabbis. The petition had demanded these rabbis receive a salary from the state, just as Orthodox neighborhood rabbis do. It also asked that the city of Yerushalayim reserve at least two of its neighborhood rabbi positions for non-Orthodox rabbis.
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