Israeli journalist threatens to sue Western Wall rabbi over segregation of reporters at Pence visit

Female reporters covering Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Western Wall. (Michael Lipin/Twitter)
Female reporters covering Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the Western Wall. (Michael Lipin/Twitter)

Female reporters covering U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence’s visit to the Western Wall. (Michael Lipin/Twitter)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israeli journalist threatened to file a lawsuit against the rabbi of the Western Wall over the segregation of female reporters and photographers from their male counterparts during U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence’s visit to the site.

Tal Schneider of the Israeli business daily Globes told an Israeli radio station, 103 FM, that she is being backed by Globes in suing Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, The Times of Israel reported. [Read more…]

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Pence prays at Western Wall

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence prays at the Western Wall during a private visit on Jan. 23, 2018. ( Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence prays at the Western Wall during a private visit on Jan. 23, 2018. ( Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence prays at the Western Wall during a private visit on Jan. 23, 2018. ( Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence made what is billed as a private visit to the Western Wall.

Pence and his wife, Karen, spent about 10 minutes at the site on Tuesday, the last stop on the Israel leg of the vice-president’s Middle East trip. They each approached and prayed at the wall, the vice-president in the men’s section and his wife in the women’s section. [Read more…]

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Improving Western Wall egalitarian section important, Israel’s Supreme Court justices say

Members of the Reform movement and Hebrew Union College holding torah scrolls during a mixed prayer at the public square in front of the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, Nov. 16, 2017. (Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash90)
Members of the Reform movement and Hebrew Union College holding torah scrolls during a mixed prayer at the public square in front of the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, Nov. 16, 2017. (Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash90)

Members of the Reform movement and Hebrew Union College holding torah scrolls during a mixed prayer at the public square in front of the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, Nov. 16, 2017. (Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Supreme Court during a four-hour session on the issue of prayer rights for women at the Western Wall indicated that physical upgrades to the section set aside for egalitarian prayer is key to satisfying the government’s suspended agreement with the liberal Jewish groups.

The judges, sitting in an expanded seven-justice panel, criticized the state for not preventing violence and confrontations during the monthly prayer services of the Women of the Wall in the regular women’s section. [Read more…]

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs and other Reform leaders pushed and shoved by Western Wall security

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, center, and other non-Orthodox Jews clashing with security guards at the entrance to the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem, Nov. 16, 2017. (Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash 90)
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, center, and other non-Orthodox Jews clashing with security guards at the entrance to the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem, Nov. 16, 2017. (Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash 90)

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, center, and other non-Orthodox Jews clashing with security guards at the entrance to the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem, Nov. 16, 2017. (Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash 90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Rabbi Rick Jacobs and other Reform Jewish leaders were pushed, pulled and had clothes torn by security guards as they tried to pray at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem.

The guards and haredi Orthodox worshippers tussled with the group Thursday as it entered the main entrance to the Western Wall plaza with Torah scrolls. The guards said it was illegal to bring the scrolls into the main plaza. Reform leaders accused the haredi administration of the holy site, which employs the guards, of denying their right to freedom of prayer. [Read more…]

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Israel’s president plays peacemaker between his government and North American Jews

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin shaking hands with Richard Sandler, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, at the group’s General Assembly in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 13, 2017. (Jeffrey Brown/JFNA)
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin shaking hands with Richard Sandler, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, at the group’s General Assembly in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 13, 2017. (Jeffrey Brown/JFNA)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin shaking hands with Richard Sandler, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, at the group’s General Assembly in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 13, 2017.
(Jeffrey Brown/JFNA)

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Reuven Rivlin played peacemaker Monday night – between North American Jews and Israelis.

Speaking at the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, Israel’s president sympathized with attendees’ complaints that Israel was ignoring their calls for religious pluralism there, but also urged patience with Israel’s political process. [Read more…]

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Federation movement demands Israel reverse ‘divisive’ moves on Western Wall, conversion

LOS ANGELES (JTA) – The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) called on Israel to reverse its “divisive and damaging” steps to freeze an agreement on egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall and its support of a bill that would grant a monopoly to Orthodox authorities in Israel over conversions to Judaism.

The JFNA’s board of trustees, representing Jewish communal philanthropies across the United States and Canada, passed the resolution Monday morning on the second day of the organization’s annual General Assembly here. [Read more…]

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Women of the Wall says haredi Israeli lawmaker compared them to dogs

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Women of the Wall condemned a haredi Orthodox lawmaker in Israel who the group said compared non-Orthodox Jews to dogs at a Knesset committee meeting discussing the Western Wall plan.

Leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements in the United States, as well as other guests representing American and non-Orthodox groups, were on hand Wednesday for the meeting of the Aliyah, Absorption and Diaspora Committee. [Read more…]

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