Next Up for Chareidi Housing: Tel Aviv


tel-avivA group of charedi entrepreneurs is working on a plan to build apartment buildings in Tel Aviv as an affordable housing option for young frum families, the Hebrew Mishpacha magazine reported. 

Many young charedi couples are having difficulty finding apartments in Bnei Brak due to the city’s crowdedness which has led some to extend their searches to Tel Aviv. However, “normal” buildings in the city are not adjusted for charedi residents.

For this reason the entrepreneurs are working to purchase dozens of shuls, mikvaos and old public buildings owned by charedim in central Tel Aviv which currently stand deserted.

According to the plan, these structures will be demolished and replaced by new buildings adjusted for chareidi needs with the aim of turning them into cheap housing projects of a minimal construction standard. “Nothing would be better than turning these places into new charedi immigration incentives for Tel Aviv,” the newspaper said.

One of the supporters of the plan is Rabbi Avraham Baruch Rakovsky, who told the newspaper that a Jewish-French family has already purchased several buildings in Tel Aviv in an effort to turn them into housing options for young haredim. Similar attempts were made a decade ago but were unsuccessful.

The newspaper reported that the plan is slowly coming into fruition. According to the report, a purchasing contract was recently signed with several owners of a synagogue in a well-known Tel Aviv building. The shul is being refurbished in order to make it suitable for charedi families.

{Yair Israel with Ynet}

“Tel Aviv has become popular among the haredi sector in the past year, mainly among the newly-religious based in Tel Aviv who wish to remain in the area,” chairman of the newly-religious movement Yehosua Meiri said. “This is easy to do now, since there are five serious and well-funded yeshivot operating in Tel Aviv.”

Rabbi and Attorney Uri Segev, chairman of the Hiddush foundation for religious freedom and equality said in response: “The State is investing a fortune in building affordable haredi communities in order to avoid conflicts, while elements in the haredi sector initiate conquest campaigns to ‘populate the spiritual desert’ in secular areas.


  1. its not going to work, because its a nightmare working with government regs. and each person involved will try to ripp off the next guy
    Been there done that

  2. This sounds like idea considering the housing shortage but is it advisable for charedim to enter nonreligious cities and then start dictating them how to run their life? Isnt this a perfect way to cause hatred and animosity?