Jerusalem, June 1 (Reuters) A Jerusalem synagogue is hosting a prayer service on the roof of a white garment factory, in what organizers say is a response to the wave of garment workers in the Jewish Quarter.
The prayer is to be held in the synagogue on Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m.
(0200 GMT), but organizers said the event will be streamed live on YouTube.
Organizers have invited anyone who would like to attend to pray at the factory for five minutes, and those who attend will receive a white cloth robe.
“This prayer is part of a program called the ‘White Garment Program’ to celebrate the history and tradition of the garment industry in Jerusalem,” organizers wrote on their website.
“It is intended to serve as a way of expressing our gratitude for the garment workers who have been here all this time, for the generations who have worked at this factory, and for the hundreds of thousands of workers who are still employed in this factory,” the website said.
The program has been running since December and organizers hope to have the ceremony take place before the end of this year.
Organizer Rafi Ben-Shemesh said he hopes to use the event to raise awareness about the importance of the factory and the garment business.
“We hope that people will come and pray and ask questions.
We want people to understand that it is not just the garment, but the entire garment industry, that depends on our continued presence here in Jerusalem and that we cannot do without them,” he said.(Reporting by Dan Williams; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)