Women at the Kotel

Chaos At The Kotel

Women of the Wall cordoned off by police, while egg-throwing, whistle-blowing haredi protesters hurled insults.
07/08/2013 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — The Women of the Wall experienced “a first” on Monday morning, the first day of the month of Av, but not one to their liking. 

The scene Monday as Women of the Wall participants pray, but not at the Western Wall. Michele Chabin

Welcome To The ‘Feminist Revolution’

From public transportation to prayer at the Western Wall to the halls of the Knesset, women’s empowerment is on the march in Israel.
Israel Correspondent
05/28/2013 - 20:00

Jerusalem — It’s taken 65 years, but women’s rights are finally a mainstream issue in Israeli society.

Members of Women of the Wall lift their voices in prayer. Getty Images

Tensions Seen Mounting On Prayer At Wall

With women’s group and ultra-Orthodox at odds, new religious affairs minister has his back to the Wall.
05/13/2013 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Last week’s milestone prayer service at the Western Wall with women wrapped in prayer shawls and tefillin was likened by Women of the Wall leader Anat Hoffman to the “liberation” of the ancient holy site in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Religious Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett: Wants legislative fix to problem. Getty Images

Hopes For 2013, As Time Goes By

01/07/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I once edited a book of stories by William Saroyan called “I Used to Believe I Had Forever, Now I’m Not So Sure.” The title came to mind recently as I prepared my desk calendar for 2013, 

Francine Klagsbrun

Up Against The Wall

01/01/2013 - 19:00

One indication of the wide gap between American Jewish and Israeli attitudes toward Judaism and its expression is the case of women’s prayer at the Kotel,

Back To The Wall, But Still Fighting

Anat Hoffman, Israeli feminist arrested for Kotel service, finds cause for optimism as well as anger.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It is the first morning of the Hebrew month of Kislev, and ordinarily Anat Hoffman would be surrounded by a diverse community of women celebrating Rosh Chodesh, singing in the shadow of Judaism’s holiest site, the Kotel. Instead, Hoffman, who is 58 and the chairwoman of the multidenominational prayer group known as Women of the Wall, sits on the other side of the world in a Manhattan restaurant, railing and reflecting — and rejoicing a bit too. 

Hoffman’s arrest at the Wall last month drew protests from liberal Jews around the world.

Wall Of Resistance

11/05/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Twenty-four years ago, in December 1988, a group of us, women from the diaspora, carried a Torah scroll to the women’s side of the Kotel, the Western Wall, in Jerusalem, and began chanting from it. We had been attending a conference about women held by the American Jewish Congress, and represented a cross section of Jewish denominations. Soon after our service began, a haredi woman nearby started shouting that women were not permitted to read from a Torah scroll.

Francine Klagsbrun

Wailing About The Wall

Anat Hoffman’s arrest at Kotel galvanizing liberal Jewish groups
10/22/2012 - 20:00

Last week’s episode was hardly the first time Israeli police stopped activist Anat Hoffman while she was leading a women’s prayer service at the Western Wall in violation of Israeli law.

But this time, police actually arrested Hoffman — a first, she says — and the incident appears to be galvanizing liberal Jewish groups in the United States and Israel.

Afternoon prayers at the United Synagogue’s offices. MICHAEL DATIKASH
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