In an attempt to discover more about the religious areas of Israel, the Florentin community was taken to the city of Bet Shemesh. To start, we questioned individuals who lived there to see their opinions on the city, of which many were mixed both favour and against the city.
Afterwards, we attended a talk given by the deputy mayor regarding the politics of the area, and describing the different types of people who live in Bet Shemesh, and the journey it took for the first woman to take the office of the mayor, despite having a large part of the population who oppose such an idea.
Next, we attended a tour around Bet Shemesh and Ramat Bet Shemesh, analysing the differences between the more ultra orthodox areas and the more ‘secular’ areas. This included a stop at a health clinic that provides care for anyone who wants and needs when they don’t necessarily need the hospital.
Overall, it was a great day out to learn and understand more about more religious areas of Israel.