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.
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.
Learn about the group of women who meet every Rosh Chodesh to pray at the Western Wall, and support them in their ongoing struggle to continue to do so in peace.
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