WAILING WALL

05.20.13

Vandals Target Women of the Wall

Jewish women’s group promotes worship equality.

Black graffiti covers the walls of Peggy Cidor’s home, reading “Women of the Wall are wicked,” “Peggy, your time is up,” and “Jerusalem is holy.” Cidor is a leader of the Jewish organization known as Women of the Wall, which conducts monthly prayer services at the holy Western Wall, a site where such rituals have traditionally been exclusively male. Ultra-Orthodox communities have expressed their ire at the liberal women’s group’s demands for worship equality by blocking prayer services. But Israeli officials recently approved the women’s right to worship.