Mayor Rabbi Meir Rubinstein: "The devoted staff and city residents have earned this. We have proven yet again that the Torah true communities that populate the city, together with the municipal staff, cooperate beautifully in preserving and maintaining the city of Torah and chassidus. The chareidi community cares about the environment and about keeping it clean and neat, no less, and maybe even more, than other communities in Israel"
The Council for a Beautiful Israel, in a grand event attended by hundreds of mayors from across the country, announced that Mayor Rabbi Meir Rubinstein and his city, Beitar Ilit, has earned Five Stars of Beauty for the year of 2013, and provided him with a special honorary certificate. Mr. Mashiach Weitzman, Executive Director of the Council for a Beautiful Israel, said that "in the last few years, environment awareness has been on the rise and the citizens have strived to achieve a higher environmental quality". He also said the council's contest encourages city councils to increase the quality of services they provide for the residents, and that the Council for a Beautiful Israel will continue to monitor the quality of environment, the cleanliness and the beauty of cities around the country, for the sake of the citizens.
Beitar Ilit earned Five Stars of Beauty after several months of inspections and assessments throughout the city by a special team of judges. The criteria scrutinized were cleanliness, devices and equipment set up for the comfort and wellbeing of the citizens, maintenance of buildings, the developments at local parks and green areas.
Other mayors who attended the event, held at the Wohl Center of Givat Shmuel, congratulated Mayor Rubinstein on the uninterrupted success of his city in the contest for 17 consecutive years, in addition to the city's win in the country's most prestigious awards every five years: the Gold Star and the Beauty Flag.
At the event it was explained that the Beauty Stars were awarded the city due to the flawless maintenance of the city in its physical appearance and cleanliness, as well as its encouragement of urban development, its green areas and the city's aesthetics. Specifically, the Beauty Stars were earned for the city's cultivation of public parks, maintenance, cleanliness and upgrading of the parks' playground and equipment, maintenance and constant improving of the furniture, barriers and street lights, as well as the cleanliness of the entrance to the city.
As a response, Mayor Rabbi Meir Rubinstein said that the success is not his personal one, rather the success of the devoted staff and residents. "We have proven yet again that the Torah true communities that populate the city, together with the municipal staff, cooperate beautifully in preserving and maintaining the city of Torah and chassidus. The chareidi community cares about the environment and about keeping it clean and neat, no less, and maybe even more, than other communities is Israel. We will continue to do everything possible to maintain our high level of commitment to the environment". The mayor praised the Technical Department Director, Rabbi Motty Zeide, the Director of the Shefa Department Rabbi Yossi Yonah and the Director of the Sanitation Department Rabbi Yosef Scholnik for their dedicated work.