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Zuideramstel to open new office on Sabbath

6 February 2009 – On Saturday 14 February, the Zuideramstel District is hosting a reception to show its new district office to local residents. Members of the Jewish community are disappointed that the reception will take place on the Sabbath, council member Lody van de Kamp (CDA) says.

Both organisations and individual members of the Jewish community have approached him to express their discontent. “They say: we are citizens of this district and now we won’t be able to attend the reception”. Van de Kamp himself will not attend the reception either.

The council member says he he will not turn the matter into a political issue. “Let’s proceed to the order of the day. I’ve made my point, and hopefully they will take this into account the next time a new district office will be opened, after the merger”, he jokes, referring to the plans to reduce the number of districts.

According to Van de Kamp, the district is normally very considerate of its Jewish community. The council holds no meetings on Jewish holidays and when food is served, it is always kosher.

“Zuideramstel constitutes the core of the Jewish community in the Netherlands”, he explains. “Almost all Jewish organisations are located here, including schools and health care institutions”. A spokesperson of the Zuideramstel District said they are not aware of protests among the Jewish community.

Image: District Mayor Duco Adema opens the renovated synagogue at the Lekstraat, February 2008. Photo: Zuideramstel District


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