Women of the Wall draws 100 women to its monthly service a week and a half after the adoption of a compromise over the future of prayer at the Western Wall.
Ultra-Orthodox protesters shout insults at the worshipers Wednesday, according to a press release from the group, which conducts monthly services in the wall’s women’s section. The group is unable to pray with a Torah, as the site’s regulations prohibit Torahs in the women’s section.
The deal reached last month will expand a non-Orthodox prayer section south of the traditional, Orthodox prayer area at the site, which will be run by a non-Orthodox committee. A shared entrance will lead to both sections. The wall’s Orthodox prayer area will remain under Haredi control.
“We sang with the feeling that now we truly begin a new path to ‘being a free people in our land,’” Women of the Wall chairwoman Anat Hoffman says in the press release, quoting Israel’s national anthem.