On Monday evening, the Bnei Brak City Council convened to elect Rabbi Avraham Rubinstein as the next mayor of the city. The previous mayor, Rabbi Yaakov Asher, resigned due to his election to the Knesset on the United Torah Judaism list.
The election of Rabbi Rubinstein is part of an internal agreement between the factions of UTJ, under which a mayor from Degel HaTorah will serve this term. Since Rabbi Rubinstein was selected as the Degel HaTorah candidate, he was unanimously supported by the rest of the councilors.
UTJ Knesset members Rabbi Menachem Eliezer Moses, Rabbi Moshe Gafni and Rabbi Uri Maklev also attended the meeting. They praised outgoing mayor Rabbi Asher for his efforts on behalf of city residents, saying that today Bnei Brak serves as a role model for how municipalities should be run.
The meeting was opened by Rabbi Asher, who noted how emotional he was at completing 24 years of public service in the municipality in a range of capacities. He pledged to continue to work on behalf of his constituents.
Deputy Mayor Rabbi Chanoch Zeibert spoke next, praising the mayor for his years of work for Bnei Brak and saying he would continue to work together with the newly elected mayor, Rabbi Rubinstein.
Several other municipal officials then spoke, thanking Rabbi Asher and wishing Rabbi Rubinstein much success in his new position.