A prayer gathering has been scheduled for 11:00, Friday morning, in the center of Jerusalem's Bayit Vegan neighborhood in response to the closing of the Binyan Olam Talmud Torah, effective Sunday. Nearly 500 students learn in the "heder", which has rented space in a residential building during its ten-year existence.
Following a suit by a neighbor, a compromise was reached in July, under which the school agreed to be out of the building by the beginning of the Jewish month of Kislev, which starts Saturday night, and the city was supposed to provide an alternative site. The city said it could not find a spot. With thousands of shekels in bonds put down, pending construction or finding of a new site, parents of the students are hoping that the party that filed the suit will delay implementation of the talmud Torah's departure. Otherwise, the 477 students face being dispersed to houses, shelters and synagogues around the neighborhood to continue their studies.