No More Funds for Haredi Institutions

The Jewish Agency will no longer fund non-Zionist Haredi educational institutions in Israel and overseas, the concluding session of the Jewish Agency Assembly decided last week.

According to the resolution, the Jewish Agency from now on will transfer funds to Jewish schools, Yeshivot and other institutions, “which recognize the State of Israel, support its existence as the national homeland of the Jewish people,” and integrate Zionist values in their study programs.

The Mizrahi delegates to the Assembly tried to oppose the resolution, but eventually it was approved by a wide majority. However, Rabbi Yitzhak Meir, head of the Torah education department, said he would appeal the resolution before the Zionist Executive, terming the resolution “irresponsible and not operational.” According to Meir, it was unacceptable that an institution, in which only 50 percent of its members are Zionists, would determine the criteria for Zionism.

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