Kotel

Kotel Deal Headed To High Court?

Liberal leaders here and in Israel press case amid stalled implementation.

07/13/2016 - 08:24
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — Frustrated over Israel’s stalled implementation of a compromise to establish a pluralistic prayer plaza at the Western Wall, an alliance of Israeli and North American liberal Jewish groups are vowing to escalate pressure on the ground at the Jerusalem holy site and in the Israeli courts.

USCJ’s Rabbi Steven Wernick, left, prays at Western Wall last week. Joshua Mitnick/JW

Liberal Leaders Press Case On Kotel Compromise

Deadline nears on pluralistic prayer at Western Wall.

05/17/2016 - 17:07
Staff Writer

With less than 10 days remaining of the 60-day review of the historic Western Wall compromise, religious leaders here are voicing concerns about potential changes to the plan.

URJ’s Rabbi Rick Jacobs reportedly will travel to Israel with other liberal leaders to lobby for the prayer compromise.

The Kotel Deal Isn’t Good Enough

02/23/2016 - 16:20
Special To The Jewish Week

When the Israeli cabinet voted 15-5 last month to approve a new egalitarian section of the Western Wall, it was hailed as a landmark decision, a triumph for the cause of religious pluralism in Israel.   After years of struggle by Women of the Wall and other progressive Jewish groups against ultra-Orthodoxy at the Kotel, it was indeed a noteworthy milestone. My celebration of this important decision, however, was more muted than many of my Conservative and Reform colleagues.

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

Kotel Deal Cuts Both Ways

02/09/2016 - 15:50
Special To The Jewish Week

I have mixed feelings about the “historic” compromise reached about a week ago in Israel creating a new, egalitarian prayer space south of the Western Wall plaza. Worked out with the Israeli government by representatives of the Reform and Conservative movements, Women of the Wall and others, the compromise will create a large area for the liberal denominations and for the Women of the Wall to hold prayer services. The government and the Jewish Agency will fund the section, a precedent, perhaps, for official recognition of the non-Orthodox denominations in Israel.

Francine Klagsbrun

On The Kotel Compromise: Non-Orthodox Streams Deserve Funding, Not Just Gestures

02/03/2016 - 10:21
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The decision this week by Israel’s governing Cabinet to formally approve a proposal accommodating non-Orthodox, egalitarian prayer at the Kotel – the remaining Western Wall of the ancient Jerusalem Temple – has evoked passionate, but predictable, responses.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

‘One Kotel, One People’

02/03/2016 - 09:16
Editorial

All Jews should take pride in the historic compromise reached by the Israeli government this week in providing dignified access for prayer at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest place.

Prayer Deal Opens Rift Among Jewish Feminists

Idealists vs. pragmatists on accepting Kotel compromise.

02/03/2016 - 09:13
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — The Israeli government’s decision Sunday to create an official, government-funded Western Wall prayer section for mixed-gender prayer and women who want to read from the Torah has gratified non-Orthodox Jews seeking government recognition. But the move has left some supporters of Women of the Wall feeling disappointed, even betrayed.

Israeli police arresting Anat Hoffman in 2012 after she said the Shema prayer at the Kotel. Women of the Wall

After Historic Deal At Kotel, Next Steps Seen As Elusive

Liberal streams hail egalitarian prayer at holy site, but push for greater religious pluralism faces strong headwind.

02/03/2016 - 09:03
Staff Writer

The Israeli government’s decision Sunday to approve a compromise expanding the egalitarian prayer section of the Western Wall is being hailed as a historic moment by leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements.

Mixed-gender prayer gets boost at Western Wall. Getty Images

Women Of The Wall Bus Ads Promoting Bat Mitzvahs At Kotel

10/12/2014 - 20:00

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Jerusalem — Women of the Wall launched an ad campaign on public buses in Jerusalem to promote bat mitzvah ceremonies at the Western Wall.

Mass Prayer

Video blogger Aaron Herman joins the Western Wall vigil for three kidnapped yeshiva students.

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