Archive: 3/12/2013
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  3/12/2013, Nisan 1, 5773

Kotel Rabbi Seeks Compromise for Women Protesters


The official Rabbi of the Western Wall (the Kotel) Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch stated that women who wish to hold non-traditional prayer services may do so at Robinson's Arch. On Tuesday morning a group of female protesters along with female Members of Knesset sought to hold an alternative, non-traditional prayer service at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Rabbi Rabinovitch said that a previous Supreme Court case arranged that those wishing to have such services may do so at Robinson's Arch so as not to hurt the feelings of the regular female worshipers at the Kotel. 
 
The Women of the Wall group has been holding their unique prayer services every month inside the women's section of the Western Wall plaza area in defiance to the compromise. Anat Hoffman, the American-born co-founder of the organization has been at odds with officials in the past. In the 1988 she helped found the Women in Black organization. She was also one of the first members of Jerusalem's Open House and served on the Jerusalem City Council as a representative of the Meretz party for over a decade.
 
Robinson's Arch is a section of the outer retaining walls of the Temple Mount complex located around the corner from the Western Wall. Conservative, Reform and mixed-gender prayer services have been held at the location.