Women of the Wall

Rivka Haut, 71, Champion For Agunot

04/01/2014
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Rivka Haut, considered by many to be the leading grassroots advocate for agunot, or chained women, and a founder of Women at the Wall and the Women’s Tefillah Network, died March 30 of cancer in New York. She was 71.

Phyllis Chesler, left, eulogized Rivka Haut, right. Courtesy of Phyllis Chesler

Orthodox Feminists’ Group Objecting To Egalitarian Section At Western Wall

02/05/2014
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JERUSALEM — An Israeli group of Orthodox feminists voiced its opposition to moving non-traditional women’s prayer to a new egalitarian area.

Women Of The Wall Nearing Agreement With Israeli Government

01/28/2014
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JERUSALEM — Women of the Wall is close to approving an agreement with the Israeli government to move the group’s monthly prayer service to a new egalitarian area.

Israel-Diaspora Story of the Year: Whose Western Wall Is It?

12/31/2013
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In the U.S., 2013 was the year of Women of the Wall — and the organization’s 25th anniversary, to boot. The group advocates for the right of women to pray collectively and audibly at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites. Founded in 1988, WOW’s main tactic for two decades has been civil disobedience: the gathering of its members to celebrate each new month by holding a liturgically traditional service at the Wall. Over the years, the women have been negotiated with, reviled and harassed, most often by members of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox minority, which finds their presence offensive.

Jewrotica Names 'Sexiest Rabbis Of 2013'

12/31/2013
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A Women of The Wall activist, the founder of a queer yeshiva and the Orthodox leader of New York's Stanton Street Shul are among the 10 "Sexiest Rabbis of 2013" named by the website Jewrotica.

The site picked six men and four women, all but three U.S.-based, for the inaugural honor out of more than 150 nominees sent by  "students, congregants, community members and families all over the world," Jewrotica said.

Rabbi Jill Hammer: Appreciates 'playful intent' of list. Photo via Jewrotica.org

Women Of The Wall Leader's Home Vandalized

12/05/2013
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Graffiti calling Women of the Wall “scum” was painted outside the Jerusalem apartment of one of the group’s board members.

The apartment building of Peggy Cidor, a leader of Women of the Wall, has been vandalized twice. Getty Images

At 25, Women Of The Wall Struggling With Compromise

Feminist prayer group activists celebrate an anniversary with dissension in the ranks despite, or because of, Kotel deal.

11/06/2013
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Jerusalem — Women of the Wall’s 25th anniversary prayer service this week at the Kotel was a model of sisterly unity.

For a few hours, anyway.

Although some members of the group are deeply upset about its board’s conditional acceptance of a governmental proposal that would result in WOW praying in a third, as-yet-to-be built egalitarian prayer space close to — but not at — the existing Western Wall plaza, the opposing factions of WOW managed to put aside their differences during the duration of the anniversary event. 

Hundreds of women gather Monday in the women’s section at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Miriam Alster

Women Of The Wall Present Conditions For Egalitarian Section

10/28/2013
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Women of the Wall presented the conditions under which the group would move its monthly prayer service to a third, egalitarian section of the Western Wall’s plaza.

An Arresting Development In Jerusalem

10/16/2013
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The “crime” of praying as a Jew has a long, and dishonored place, in Jewish history.

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