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Israel - Residents And Civic Leaders Go To Great Lengths To Shut Down Ultra-Orthodox Womens Gym In Bnei Brak

Published on: December 3, 2015 02:00 PM
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Israel - Local residents along with civic and religious leaders are going to great lengths to shut down a newly opened gym exclusively for ultra-Orthodox Jewish women in Bnei Brak, including the use of children who are engaging in acts of vandalism and harassment against its members.

YNETNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1LRcluH) reports that the gym was opened by the husband and wife team Sara and Yehuda Ganot, who, as veteran gym owners, thought it would be a good idea to have separate spaces for men and women, but the couple says that since they rented the new studio several months back they have been met with “systematic harassment.”


Sara Ganot believes the hostility stems from a widespread perception that the gym is immodest and that its existence increases the number of women on the streets of the conservative religious Bnei Brak.

“The neighbors began this violent saga against women in the (ultra-Orthodox) sector,” Ganot said. “Children throw stones, they print posters and distribute them to every woman who comes to register and train. The posters say that it is forbidden to work out at our gym. A rabbi who lives on the street says he is not prepared to accept a gym on the street because it will bring more women outside.”

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 Dec 03, 2015 at 02:06 PM judith Says:

Chas v'shalom a woman should exit the kitchen and do something positive for her health.


 Dec 03, 2015 at 02:25 PM MyThreeCents Says:

There are frum gyms in Yerushalayim so why not in Bnei Brak?


 Dec 03, 2015 at 02:41 PM BarryLS1 Says:

Just when you thought it couldn't get crazier......., it always gets crazier!


 Dec 03, 2015 at 02:48 PM Benjey Says:

We live in a sick world. What is wrong with a woman going to the gym?????????


 Dec 03, 2015 at 02:52 PM Don't really care Says:

These ppl need to get a life, period!


 Dec 03, 2015 at 02:57 PM swimmer Says:

men and women everywhere go to gyms. something is being left out of this report.


 Dec 03, 2015 at 02:59 PM SandmanNY Says:

Is the Talibanization of Bnei Brak?


 Dec 03, 2015 at 03:53 PM SRRLD Says:

I dont believe this story. Missing information.


 Dec 03, 2015 at 04:10 PM cyrano Says:

I think the reason the Rabbis are against women going to the gym is that they might become too healthy, and they won't daven by "Refoaynu" with enough Kavanah.


 Dec 03, 2015 at 04:19 PM tootired Says:

Duuuuuh....women can ONLY leave the house if they are working to support their family (preferably while pregnant each year)...otherwise, their being outside is a shanda.


 Dec 03, 2015 at 04:24 PM OscarMadison Says:

Reply to #7  
SandmanNY Says:

Is the Talibanization of Bnei Brak?

The Jewish Taliban will never stop oppressing people and will never listen to reason.


 Dec 03, 2015 at 04:27 PM Forshayer Says:

I started calling going to the bathroom, going to the Jim instead of going to the John. When I wake up I tell my wife that I went to the Jim 3 times last night!


 Dec 03, 2015 at 04:51 PM REALIST Says:

And I missed going to the gym today!
That makes it five years in a row!


 Dec 03, 2015 at 04:14 PM Yossi Says:

I bet you if Harav Vozner was alive he wouldn't allowed to close it down. He had a Real Das Torah and knew from Right and Wrong.
Where is Harav Landau? Whats his opinion on this subject?
The only problem I can see that maybe the Rabbi on the block knows of a few MEN molesters who are NOT on the sex offenders list because they keep all cases sealed in rabbinical circles and he is afraid that if many women start coming in and out of the building then those molesters will have an attempt and will cause problems..


 Dec 03, 2015 at 05:26 PM Sam Says:

Reply to #10  
tootired Says:

Duuuuuh....women can ONLY leave the house if they are working to support their family (preferably while pregnant each year)...otherwise, their being outside is a shanda.

Where the like button?


 Dec 03, 2015 at 06:18 PM stamm Says:

while it does seem strange to us, i am sure there could be a quieter street where the gym can operate. maybe its on a street where it is just too busy, open or who knows what. if we don't believe in their way of doing things , doesn't mean they can/t compromise to have a peaceful agreement.
It doesn't always have to be our way


 Dec 03, 2015 at 07:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Women in New Square are not even allowed to have stationery exercise bikes or treadmills in their homes. Most of them have them hidden in a back closet so that they don't get in trouble.


 Dec 03, 2015 at 08:04 PM Mike27428 Says:

Guys, this obviously isn't the whole story - it just doesn't make sense. the way the article makes it sound though is sickening to say the least. Hashem yirachem ...how lost are we?


 Dec 03, 2015 at 08:07 PM Benny Says:

Why do the ladies need the gym?
We like our wives become fat and unhealthy!
In olden times all the people did many physical activities in their regular routine, today - where else can they go to?
You will end up somewhere, a doctor or the gym, it's up to you to decide where you want to be!
(I personally signed up at least 20 people to a gym including my family)


 Dec 03, 2015 at 11:25 PM Lodzker Says:

In our crazy time anything is possible, But I lived in Bnei Brak until recently, and I dont think most people would care two cents about a womens gym. The women are on the street anyway. Havent these people ever been on Rabbi Akiva street? Its filled with dress stores and sheitel salons.

I would like to see more reporting in this story. Something doesnt add up.


 Dec 04, 2015 at 12:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
MyThreeCents Says:

There are frum gyms in Yerushalayim so why not in Bnei Brak?

With all the fat avrachim blubbering about in Jerusalem, it seems that the men should also get involved with becoming healthy. It is a mitzvah to watch one's health in order to serve HaShem better....


 Dec 04, 2015 at 12:23 AM lazerx Says:

Reply to #2  
MyThreeCents Says:

There are frum gyms in Yerushalayim so why not in Bnei Brak?

My wife (as frum as the next) goes to a gym in Jerusalem that caters to frum ladies. She says that there are several in Jerusalem.

So what is the big deal in Bnei Brak?


 Dec 04, 2015 at 01:14 AM Anonymous Says:

Yet these husband shlubs want their wives to be size 2's and wear European modern fashions while they wear Euopean fashions from the 1700s!


 Dec 04, 2015 at 09:18 AM blubluh Says:

You mean there are women living in Bnei Brak???!!!!


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