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Earlier this month, the Israeli Supreme Court issued a statement saying that the country’s government must stop delaying the implementation of the historic government decision to create a pluralistic, egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall.
On Wednesday, September 21st, Reform Jewish leaders from both North America and Israel will host a webinar titled “Enough is Enough: A Kotel Update” to discuss the ongoing situation. The webinar begins at 2pm ET and is open to the public.
On the call, the Reform Jewish community will launch a grassroots email campaign telling Israeli leaders that the time to implement the Kotel decision is now. That campaign will target Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Minister of Diaspora Affairs Naftali Bennett.
Leading the webinar are: Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism; Rabbi Gilad Kariv, executive director of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism; Rabbi Noa Sattath, director of the Israel Religious Action Center; Anat Hoffman, executive director the Israel Religious Action Center and director of Women of the Wall; Rabbi Josh Weinberg, director of ARZA; and Rabbi Reuven Greenvald, the Union for Reform Judaism’s new director of Israel engagement.
Earlier this year, many of these Reform leaders joined their friends and colleagues in the Conservative Jewish community in writing to Prime Minister Netanyahu to say that they will not stand for unequal treatment under Israeli law.
Their letter urged implementation of a previously agreed upon plan to create an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, writing that unless the plan is implemented soon, “…the Reform and Conservative Movements intend, in the very near future, to bring a petition to the Supreme Court demanding the reapportionment of the northern plaza prayer space from a men’s and women’s section to three sections: men, women, and mixed.”
The creation of an egalitarian prayer space is a key issue and a top priority for non-Orthodox Jewish leaders within and outside of Israel.