Penitential prayers in the presidential synagogue

Up until October 7, 2001, there was no synagogue on the grounds of the official residence of the president of the state.

Then along came American businessman Ira Rennert.

Rennert, who had already contributed a great deal to Jerusalem, wanted to do something to honor the president, who at the time was Moshe Katsav. Israel’s public servants are not allowed to accept gifts for themselves and must either pay for personal gifts or relinquish them.


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