|Hadassah Congratulates Sharansky, Netanyahu for Progress Toward Expanding Egalitarian Prayer at Western Wall|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 10, 2013
NEW YORK —In response to Natan Sharansky's proposals released this week regarding prayer at the Western Wall, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, released the following statement:
As a member of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors representing Hadassah, I congratulate Natan Sharansky, Chairman, on completing his extensive evaluation of prayer at the Kotel and unveiling substantive proposals to achieve "One Kotel for One People".
Hadassah has a longstanding commitment to the principles of women's equality and religious pluralism -- proudly passing a resolution in January that expressed our hope for a solution that would allow all people to pray, individually and collectively, at the Kotel freely, without harassment, and in accordance with their own religious practices.
Hadassah once again applauds Prime Minister Netanyahu for commissioning this undertaking, and we are pleased to see Jewish leaders from across the spectrum coming together in support. Hadassah urges the Israeli government to continue working with Natan to ensure that the Western Wall is a symbol of Jewish unity and diversity.
Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is celebrating its 100th year. Hadassah is a volunteer women's organization, whose members are motivated and inspired to strengthen their partnership with Israel, ensure Jewish continuity, and realize their potential as a dynamic force in American society. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org. Date: 4/10/2013