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  • The ‘war of the wall’ secret weapon

    January 2, 2013 | 5:21 pm

    It’s easy to dismiss the antics of Warrior of the Wall Anat Hoffman.  Her guerrilla gatherings of women in vocal prayer services at the Kosel Maaravi, or Western Wall, in defiance of an Israeli Supreme Court decision and in affront to the traditional Jewish men and women who most...

  • A Jewish revival meeting: Is religious pluralism possible in Israel?

    By Rob Eshman

    November 29, 2012 | 11:12 am

    In a packed synagogue hall on Monday night, Nov. 26, Israel’s Consul General David Siegel posed a question: How many people present care deeply about religious pluralism in Israel?

    A sea of hands went up.

    Jews are odd, right? The rockets have just stopped falling on Israel, a...

  • Despite mounting criticism, Western Wall remains in haredi Orthodox hands

    November 28, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    Sitting in his office 20 feet above the Western Wall Plaza, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz is unperturbed by the simmering tensions below.

    For years, Israeli and American Jewish groups have agitated for greater religious freedom at the Wall, which currently allows for only Orthodox...

  • Fighting for religious pluralism in Israel

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 15, 2012 | 10:46 am

    [UPDATED on Nov. 15, 2012 at 11:50 a.m.]

    The arrest of Israeli feminist Anat Hoffman at the Western Wall last month sent ripples of alarm across the Jewish world, and leaders in Los Angeles will address their concerns about religious pluralism in Israel to Los Angeles’ Israeli...

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  • Reform leader Rick Jacobs slams Israeli gov’t discrimination against non-Orthodox

    November 14, 2012 | 9:53 am

    Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said American Jews should no longer acquiesce to Israeli state-sanctioned discrimination against women and non-Orthodox Jews.

    "I would fight passionately for the right of Orthodox Jews to pray freely at the Kotel...

  • Anat Hoffman’s arrest at Western Wall galvanizing liberal Jewish groups

    October 22, 2012 | 9:18 am

    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...

  • Israel to pay salaries of non-Orthodox community rabbis

    May 29, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    Israel’s attorney general has agreed to pay the salaries of non-Orthodox rabbis who lead their communities.

    The agreement announced Tuesday comes three weeks after a panel of Supreme Court judges called on the attorney general to intervene during a hearing on a petition filed more...

  • Help Wanted

    By Tom Tugend

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    American Jews are letting down Israel in the short run by staying away during the current unrest, says a top Progressive rabbi, and in the long run by not fighting harder for religious pluralism in the Jewish state.



    "Many of you are showing your solidarity, but many others are...

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