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February 9, 2018  RSS feed
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Construction begins on Western Wall section for egalitarian prayer

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Construction has begun to upgrade the section set aside for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall. The work, which has a budget of more than $7 million, comes more than a year after a more comprehensive plan was approved, and more than half a year after the plan was frozen.

In June, the Cabinet suspended the 2016 deal negotiated with the Reform and Conservative movements, the Women of the Wall, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli government. The suspension came after the government’s haredi Orthodox coalition partners pressured Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to scrap the agreement.

The original plan included a common entrance to the Western Wall plaza for all three sections and a public board to oversee the egalitarian prayer space that would include representatives of the non-Orthodox movements and Women of the Wall.


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