Men and women can now pray together at Jewish holy site the Western Wall

Members of the liberal Jewish religious group "Women of the Wall" pray at the plaza near the Western Wall. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

In a historic moment for devout Jews in Israel and around the world, the Israeli government on Sunday announced that men and women would now be able to pray together at the Western Wall. The announcement was seen as a victory for liberal and reform Jewish groups who had been campaigning for women’s inclusion in the men’s praying space.

Women had previously been relegated to a small, cordoned-off praying area at the wall, a sacred Jewish prayer site, but a new area designated for mixed gender prayer by non-Orthodox Jews who visit the site will be bigger and overseen by the government. Ultra-Orthodox groups criticized the decision, while advocacy group Women of the Wall, which campaigned for the change by having protests at the site, said the decision was a “revolution for women and Jewish pluralism in Israel.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision was a “fair and creative solution” intended to unite all types of Jews, according to The New York Times.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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