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Young woman looking back over her shoulder and smiling

At the Kotel, I was confused as to why I was being completely rejected from the most central place of meaning in my religion. I didn’t know how to react.

Angelica Vohland
Women of the Wall members blowing shofar at the Kotel on Rosh Chodesh Elul

Last night, in both Phoenix and Jerusalem, those who benefit most from the status quo rallied to defend it, vilifying those seeking change and social progress.

Mark J. Pelavin
View of coastal Netanya Israel with both industrial buildings and lush beaches in view

This is liberal Judaism on the edge: Flinging doors open wide to those who would otherwise be left behind. The community is a voice of Judaism that is open to all who seek it.

Rabbi Neal Gold
Group of dozens of rabbis and other Reform Jews holding Torah scrolls at the Western Wall while wearing prayer shawls

Why now? Why the onslaught of regressive, intolerant and anti-egalitarian actions? Because we are growing — and they are scared.

Chelsea Feuchs
Women at the Kotel holding a prayer shawl over other women who are reading from the Torah

My mixed impressions about Rosh Chodesh Adar will still take some time to settle, but I feel enriched and empowered knowing that each small step is meaningful in the ongoing struggle for all Jews to feel welcome and respected at that holy space.  

Sharon Mann

Reform and Conservative Jewish leaders in North America and Israel are speaking out to tell Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that they will not stand for unequal treatment under Israeli law.

Kate Bigam

The Israeli government promised to come up with a plan for the Kotel deal's implementation by June 1st  – but promises yielded to political pressure and procrastination. All the while, visitors to the Kotel continue to be assaulted by the gender police.

Anat Hoffman

Writer Carl Sandburg once said, “If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.” In Israel, the ultra-Orthodox establishment is doing lots of table-pounding and yelling in response to progressive Judaism's many recent achievements.

Anat Hoffman

A rabbi with a black hat and beard once told me that a black hat and beard don’t make a Chassid, a pious Jew who goes beyond the law in fulfilling their duties toward others and God – and a specific gender doesn’t, either.

Bruce Josephy

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