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  • Longtime Women of the Wall members protest Robinson’s Arch decision

    October 14, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Ten longtime members of Women of the Wall are protesting the organization’s recent decision to meet at the Robinson’s Arch area next to the Western Wall Plaza.

    In a public statement Friday, the protesting members said the Women of the Wall board betrayed the group’s fundamental...

  • Women of the Wall agrees to pray in egalitarian space, with conditions

    October 7, 2013 | 9:50 am

    Women of the Wall agreed in principle to pray in a new egalitarian space adjacent to the Western Wall Plaza, provided the space meets several conditions regarding design and management.

    Until those conditions are met, Women of the Wall said in a statement Monday that it will...

  • Women of the Wall, shielded by police, raises Torah scroll and blows shofar

    August 7, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Women of the Wall blew a shofar at the back of the Western Wall Plaza and raised a Torah scroll at the plaza’s gate under a heavy police barricade.

    The police shielded the the estimated 300 women and their male supporters on Wednesday morning at the back of the plaza, facing the...

  • Sharansky’s Kotel plan loses support from both sides

    April 30, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Natan Sharansky’s proposal to reduce tensions at the Western Wall has lost support from Orthodox and non-Orthodox leaders.

    After Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, made the plan public a few weeks ago, it received at least tacit approval from a range of...

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  • Western wall compromise raises hopes, but still faces obstacles

    April 10, 2013 | 9:35 am

    Natan Sharansky presented what could be a historic proposal to add a space for egalitarian prayer to the Western Wall on Tuesday.

    Israeli religious pluralism activists, however, fear that the proposal will take years to implement and could face roadblocks that prevent it from...

  • 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...