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Female Chareidi Minister Sworn In With ‘B’Ezras Hashem’

Female Chareidi Minister Sworn In With ‘B’Ezras Hashem’ 1
Blue and White party member Omer Yankelevich at the Plenary Hall at the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, in Jerusalem, on May 14, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Incoming Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich caused a stir in the Knesset when she added the words B’Ezrat Hashem (With the help of G-d) to her declaration of commitment during the swearing-in ceremony of Israel’s new government. Yankelevich requested permission from Knesset Secretary Yardena Meller to add the two words to her declaration, according to an Arutz Sheva report.

Omer Yankelevich is the first ever female Chareidi minister to serve in Israel. Yankelevich, a 41-year-old attorney, is married to Yaron and is the mother of two sons and three daughters. She resides in Ramat Bet Shemesh.

Eric Goldstein, the chairman of the Jewish Federation of New York (UJA) welcomed Yankelevich’s appointment and said that “we respect her long-lasting commitment to dialog and to building bridges within the Jewish people and we expect to work together with her to ensure a joint and fruitful future for the State of Israel and world Jewry.”

“I, Omer Yankelevich, commit with G-d’s help as a member of government to maintain allegiance to the state of Israel and its laws and to execute Knesset resolutions.”

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