The city of Rishon LeTzion will name a new boulevard, as well as a neighborhood, after Hagaon Harav Ovadia Yosef, zt”l. The names were approved last week by the streets and roads committee of the Rishon LeTzion municipality, responsible for approving street names.
With the approval, Rishon LeTzion – not usually identified as a religious city or one with a specific relationship to Sephardic yeshivos or the yeshivah world in general – will be the first city in Israel to honor the memory of the former Chief Rabbi in this manner. The naming of the neighborhood and the boulevard was the idea of deputy mayor Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, a Shas member, who received enthusiastic support from the mayor and many city council members for the idea.
The boulevard, to be officially called “Maran Harav Ovadia Yosef Boulevard,” will be the main street in the neighborhood to be called Hadar Yosef, which is replacing the name “Meshulash Shanim.” The boulevard will be the first to be named after Harav Yosef, although there are portions of roads in other cities – such as in Chadera – that were renamed in his honor as well.