A Yerushalayim court ruled that old Botei Warsaw buildings must be made available to all poor people, despite a 1926 regulation giving precedence to Polish immigrants.
The case was prompted by a resident who wanted to transfer his “key money” rights to someone else.
The judge argued that the passage of time has blurred the distinctions between Jewish nationalities in Israel and that the hekdesh must perform its primary function of helping the city’s poor.
The Botei Warsaw quarter was built at the end of the 19th century by Kollel Polin Warsaw for Polish talmidei chachomim. A second floor was added in the 1920s.