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  1/7/2013, Tevet 25, 5773

Reform Groups Demand 'Reform' of Kotel Policies


Reform and secular groups filed a petition with the High Court Sunday, demanding the removal of Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich as Rabbi of the Kotel and the Holy Places.

The petition also requests that authority over the Kotel be removed from the organization, and that a new one be set up to officially “care” for the holy site, one that would be more amenable to the reform groups' demands that men and women be permitted to worship together at the site. Currently, men and women are permitted to pray in separate areas adjacent to the Kotel, although there is no gender separation in the plaza next to the prayer area.