For those who can’t make the 5,883-mile pilgrimage to Jerusalem to pray at the Western Wall, there’s now a Kotel closer to home.
At the corner of Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue in Brooklyn.
In a new fourth-floor “Voyage through Jewish History” exhibit in the Jewish Children’s Museum, across the street from the headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in Crown Heights, visitors can wander through a garden composed of the Bible’s Seven Species, compete in a “First Fruits Race,” and stands before a 12-feet-high replica of the Western Wall. Visitors are invited to write their prayers on a piece of paper and insert the scrap into a crevice of the wall, just like at the actual Wall.
Some young visitors visited the Wall this week, a few days after part of the Land of Israel Gallery was unveiled. The rest of the 6,000-foot space will be dedicated in an April 1 ceremony featuring Yuli Edelstein, Israel’s minister of public affairs.