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Government approves NIS 12.5 million to allow outdoor prayers on High Holidays

The government approves allocating NIS 12.5 million ($3.87 million) toward preparations to hold outdoor prayers during the upcoming Jewish High Holiday period next month, as rampant COVID-19 cases make it unlikely indoor synagogue services will be possible.

The funds will go toward purchasing equipment enabling the outdoor prayers on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot to go ahead.

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked says: “We have managed to get a significant budget so that local authorities will be able to allow worshipers to hold the prayers in an orderly fashion.”

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