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August 30, 2013 Update on Prayer Equality at the Western Wall

The Kotel (the Western Wall) is a powerful symbol of the Jewish yearning for Israel and for the unity of the Jewish people. Currently, most of the plaza and prayer spaces in front of the Kotel are segregated by gender. The Reform Jewish community believes it needs to be open and free to all Jews and that women and men must be treated equally there. For 25 years, Women of the Wall has regularly advocated for gender equality at this holiest of sites. Recently, the Israeli Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs took initial steps to promote egalitarian prayer in the area surrounding the Kotel, but not at the Western Wall itself. The following prayers are offered in the hope that 5774 will be a year in which there is room for each and every member of our people to pray freely and openly in Judaism's holiest place.

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Reform Movement Responds to Kotel Plan.

Listen to the April 16 conference call with Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Anat Hoffman, Director, Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC) and Chairwoman, Women of the Wall (WOW), and Gilad Kariv, Executive Director, Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ), to hear the latest on the status of prayer equality at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

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Situation in Syria
As the situation in Syria intensifies, we offer this Prayer for Peace and Strength by Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar. Congregations may want to include this prayer in Shabbat and holiday services.

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Still No Peace in Syria
The Reform Movement in Israel
Religious Pluralism: Updates
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