Women of the Wall

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

Charedi Man Burns Reform Prayer Book At Western Wall

02/10/2016 - 12:42
Editorial Intern

Not everyone celebrated last month’s intra-religious Western Wall compromise. A charedi man added fuel to the fire when he burned to a Reform prayer book used by Women of the Wall during their prayers Wednesday morning.

Charedi men protest during a Women of the Wall prayer service at the Kotel. Getty Images.

‘One Kotel, One People’

02/03/2016 - 09:16

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

Western Wall Prayer Fight Ends With Historic Compromise

02/01/2016 - 11:16

Tel Aviv — Israel’s government on Sunday approved a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall, putting to rest the decades-long fight between Women of the Wall and Israel’s haredi Orthodox religious establishment.

The Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on a rainy day, Oct. 25, 2015. JTA

3 Maps That Explain The Western Wall Compromise

02/01/2016 - 11:09

The Western Wall compromise passed Sunday by Israel’s Cabinet represents a landmark interdemoninational consensus at what many consider to be Judaism’s holiest site.  But describing the deal can be confusing: One worship area will expand, the others will remain untouched and the site’s entrance will change.

Thousands gather at the Western Wall on Sept. 30, 2015 to receive the Priestly Blessing on the Sukkot holiday. JTA

US Jewish Groups Hail Mixed-Gender Western Wall Space

02/01/2016 - 11:05

Jerusalem — American Jews are celebrating an Israeli government decision to greatly expand — and fund — a pluralistic egalitarian prayer section adjacent to the Western Wall plaza as a first step toward official Israeli recognition of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism.

Women of the Wall, who retrieved a Torah scroll from the men’s prayer section despite regulations against women. RNS

Women Light Hanukkah Candles At Western Wall

12/06/2015 - 19:00

Jerusalem — About 100 women gathered at the Western Wall to light Hanukkah candles.

Women of the Wall lighting Hanukkah menorahs at the Western Wall on the first night of the holiday, Dec. 6, 2015. JTA

Western Wall Rabbi’s Apology For Kippah Incident Does Little To Ease Religious Tensions

Rabbi Rabinovitch and Women of the Wall trade barbs over woman who was sent away from the Kotel for wearing a kippah.

07/07/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, Rabbi of the Western Wall, apologized for the way ushers questioned and expelled Linda Siegel-Richman from the site for wearing a kippah, but expressed doubt as to whether the incident occurred and blamed Women of the Wall’s activism for the heightened tensions.

Members of Women of the Wall pray while Israeli police watch for angry protestors. Getty Images
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