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0202 – Points of View from Jerusalem


"For decades, the worshipers of the old Moussaieff Synagogue in the Bukharan neighborhood [1] of Jerusalem have been putting up ads and notices on the billboards at the entrance to the Sefardi [2] Shtiblach [3].

On Sunday morning the worshipers were surprised to discover that the Gaba'im [4] had removed the ads and posted a note stating that the public would now have to pay to hand ads. Price list: NIS 10 for pasting a large ad and NIS 5 for pasting a small ad. The new instructions caused a fury among worshipers.

On the other hand, a Sephardic Dayan [5] who prays in the synagogue told Kikar HaShabbat that the Gaba'im have full right to demand payment for the ads that are hung in the synagogue area."

-Kikar HaShabbat

0202 Editor's notes:
[1] The Bukharan Quarter is a neighborhood in central Jerusalem that is mostly populated by Haredi Jews. The neighborhood was founded by Bukharan Jews who immigrated to Israel in the late 19th century. The Moussaieff Synagogue complex was built by Bukharan Jews from Central Asia who instead of building one central synagogue, built smaller buildings for worship in each courtyard. The complex is named for Shlomo Moussaieff (1852-1922), a wealthy Bukharan Jew who helped organize his community’s immigration to Israel as well as the building of synagogues.
[2] Jews originally from Spain before the Jews' expulsion in 1492.
[3] A Shteible (Yiddish, lit. meaning a little room) is a place used for communal Jewish prayer.
[4] Gabbai (gaba’im plural) is a term for a person who assists in the running of a synagogue and its services.
[5] A Dayan (lit. judge) is a Rabbi who is eligible to serve as a judge in a religious court. A Dayan has a higher level of rabbinical ordination.

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