Arab Town Advertises for Ordained Rabbi to Head Local Education

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The municipality of Taibeh, an Arab town in the northern Jezreel Valley, is looking for a municipal head of education with an unusual background.

According to the tender for the post, candidates are required to present proof of full academic education from a recognized academic institution, with preference for a candidate with a Master’s degree. The advertisement requires “at least all of the following: ordination by two rabbis among those recognized by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel”; or that “he/she had studied a full program at a high yeshiva or a kollel [yeshiva for married men] for six years after he/she reached the age of 18” or proof that he/she had passed at least three of the tests administered by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.”

In addition to those requirements, the tender specified that preference would be given to residents of Taibeh. As far as is known, there are no ordained rabbis in Taibeh.

The Taibeh municipality explained the contradictory requirements as compliance with all the demands of the Interior Ministry, the Education Ministry and the Civil Service. It also said that it wanted to avoid hurting the religious sensibilities of any individual who might apply for the job.

Interior Ministry officials said that the tender included all the standard clauses, though the municipality of Taibeh could have deleted those that were not relevant, such as rabbinic ordination.

Taibeh teens participating in young leadership project together with a staff member.Credit: Nir Kedar

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