Masorti Movement and President’s office trade accusations over Bar Mitzvah ceremony dispute

A rancorous dispute has broken out between the Masorati Movement and President Reuven Rivlin over a Bar Mitzvah ceremony for autistic children, originally scheduled to take place in the children’s school in Rehovot.

In April, Rehovot mayor Rahamim Malul called off the Bar Mitzva ceremony for four autistic boys at a special-needs school in Rehovot because he objected to it being conducted in a Masorati (Conservative) synagogue by a Masorati rabbi.

The Ministry of Diaspora Affairs became involved in order to find a suitable solution and began discussions with the president’s office to conduct the ceremony at the President’s official residence in Jerusalem.


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