New Jerusalem’s first kosher mosque will open in the Old City next month, after months of delay.
The building is being built by the Israeli-funded building company of the same name.
Its name was chosen after an official at the company told the local Hebrew newspaper Haaretz it had previously built a mosque on the same site.
“We want to do the best for the residents of this area,” said a senior official from the Jewish Community Council of Israel, which is helping to finance the project.
“And this mosque is the first step in making it kosher for the Jews in the future.”
A Jewish settlement in the city has been under construction for more than two decades, as a centre for Jewish prayer and community life.
The new mosque will house a congregation of around 1,500 people.
It will have two mosques: one in the heart of the Old Town, and the other at the northern entrance of the city, next to the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The first is intended to serve as a sanctuary for Jewish worship, while the second will be a place of prayer for Muslims.
There will be an imam who will teach classes on Torah, history and culture.
“It is going to be the largest kosher building in Israel,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“You won’t see anything else in Jerusalem.
It’s going to make it possible for more Jewish residents to live here and also a Jewish community to exist in Jerusalem.”
The first synagogue, which was demolished in 1967, will be relocated to a smaller building.
The city will be divided into four districts.
The area will be split into smaller squares for prayer, and then into smaller areas for Jewish homes and businesses.
In the Old Quarter, a wall of stone, about 5 metres high, will separate the two communities.
In addition, in a bid to accommodate larger families, the mosque will have a separate prayer hall for Jewish families and halakhic services, while a separate courtyard will serve as an outdoor kitchen.
The construction of the new mosque was a major initiative for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has promised to build more than 1,000 new synagogues across Israel.
He said at the time that he wanted to ensure that the next generation will be better off than their predecessors, and to show the city that “there is no place for racism or any other form of discrimination”.
But there are concerns about the quality of the work.
Construction on the new building will be overseen by the Jerusalem Municipality, which oversees the Old Wall, and overseen by a team of engineers.
A spokesman for the municipality said it would be the responsibility of the Jerusalem Architectural Society to assess the quality and the sustainability of the building, as well as the surrounding area.
“The design and construction of this mosque are expected to be transparent and transparently transparent,” he said.
“The design is not to compromise the character of the site and its historic character, and we want to make sure the mosque meets all the criteria for the preservation of the historical character.”
He said the mosque would be able to accommodate up to 500 people.