|Hadassah Welcomes Women of the Wall Announcement Regarding Prayer at Kotel|
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October 7, 2013
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NEW YORK—Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, Inc., welcomed yesterday's announcement that the Women of the Wall Executive Board voted to support, in principle, the proposal which would establish an egalitarian section at the Western Wall Plaza. Hadassah is a supporter of the proposal, released earlier this year by Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky, which aims to ensure that all people have access to pray, individually and collectively, at the Kotel freely, without harassment, and in accordance with their own religious practices.
Today, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, released the following statement:
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, welcomes Anat Hoffman and the Women of the Wall's willingness to work with Natan Sharansky and the government of Israel to implement a plan that will expand pluralistic prayer opportunities at the Kotel. Recognizing that compromise is never easy, this acceptance represents an important step toward bringing together all of us who support a Western Wall that is a symbol of Jewish unity and diversity.
We know the struggle for equality has been a long and difficult journey for the Women of the Wall, and we acknowledge the challenges that the organization has faced in reaching what is required to find a consensus. We continue to support the efforts of all involved in ensuring that the Kotel remains a site for peace, hope and prayer in the years to come.
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