Women of the Wall Celebrates 25 Years!
This past Monday, on Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5774, more than 800 worshippers gathered at the Western Wall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Women of the Wall. Women of the Wall holds a monthly prayer service on rosh chodesh (the start of each new month), and their mission is “to achieve the social and legal recognition of our right, as women, to wear prayer shawls, pray and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall.”
The 25th anniversary was a momentous occasion and while there were some protesters, the prayer service was mostly peaceful and no arrests were made. There was a lot of press surrounding the event; everything from personal blogs and news reports to press statements by participating organizations. In case you missed it, here’s a round-up of the coverage of Monday’s event:
- The Union for Reform Judaism issued a statement prior to the departure of three Reform Movement missions to Jerusalem for the 25th Anniversary of Women of the Wall;Anat Hoffman, Executive Director of the IRAC reflected on the Women of the Wall 25th anniversary service;
- The Jerusalem Post’s report on the morning’s activities ;
- Andrea Cooper’s article in Tablet Magazine about her morning at the Western Wall;
- And of course, the video of the service on Monday morning!
Image courtesy of Women of the Wall Nashot Hakotel Facebook page