Among the sites that will be opened to the public: caves from the time of Bar Kochva, ancient springs and agriculture. Beitar Ilit mayor, Rabbi Rubinstein: "The local residents and the Haredi public in Israel and abroad yearn for appropriate tourist sites"
"Beitar Ilit composes a challenge for us and we will do everything in our power to assist you in opening tourist sites that are suitable and appropriate for the local residents and the Haredi public", said Reuven Pinsky, the commissioner for the development of heritage sites of the Prime Minister's Office, during a tour at archeological sites in Beitar Ilit. Present was also Avishai Miron, the municipality's engineer, and Kobi Birenhak, tourism projects advisor.
Pinsky, who was the personal guest of the mayor, said that he had visited the city 6 years ago, and that since then the city has seen impressive growth and development. "I was deeply impressed by the leadership and I can definitely connect to the vision of establishing national heritage sites in the city for the benefit of the Haredi public. These sites will have the appropriate contents and terminology, based on Jewish heritage. We have found a worthy partner and we will make great efforts to do our part in order to establish tourist sites with educational values for the future generations".
The mayor said that the Haredi public yearns for appropriate tourist sites for the Bein Hazemanim , Chol Hamoed and Hanukah vacations, as well as for the whole year round. The tens of thousands of Haredi children across the country have a very limited selection of appropriate sites to visit during school trips and vacations. "Due to the restrictions of modesty and Kashrus, the average Haredi family suffers from a severe lack of appropriate heritage sites. Our wish is to establish thriving tourist sites within the city, for both Haredi and secular visitors, with the appropriate features appealing to domestic and foreign tourism".
Rabbi Rubinstein said that in addition to his request to be included in the "Heritage" project of the Prime Minister's Office, the municipality is cooperating with the Tourism Ministry to create a master plan for tourism attractions in the city, geared to the Haredi public.
Kobi Birenhak, tourism projects advisor to the Beitar Ilit Municipality, said that the sites that were discovered in the city have immense potential, alongside nearby sites, such as the ancient agriculture site at Wadi Fukin.