• Members of Women of the Wall pray at the plaza near the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City on July 8, 2013. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty)


    Prayer Group Thwarted From Service

    Women of the Wall said police blocked access to holy site.

    A liberal Jewish women’s prayer group, Women of the Wall, said police kept them from holding a service Monday at the Western Wall, a Jerusalem holy site. The women took their service to an adjacent plaza but said police were cooperating with their Orthodox opponents, according to Fox News. A spokesman for police said they were attempting to protect the women, as there was no way to get to the wall because it was already crowded with worshippers. Orthodox men protested the service by throwing eggs. Police arrested three protesters. The group, which was finally granted permission to pray at the Western Wall last month, has also been a target for vandals.

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    Israeli group protests ban on females saying the Kaddish at the Jerusalem holy site ahead of the national memorial days.

    Ahead of Israel's national memorial days--including Holocaust Memorial Day and a day of remembrance for fallen soldiers--a group of women are protesting a new Israeli directive that prohibits females from reciting the Jewish prayer of mourning at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall.

    The group, "Women of the Wall," spoke out about a March 14 letter published in Ha'aretz, in which Jerusalem Police Chief Yossi Pariente prohibited women from saying the Kaddish at the holy site. "The police chief's decision is ... not enforceable," group founder Anat Hoffman told the press. "We will continue and fight for our right to pray as we wish and as we see fit. The police are taking the ultra-Orthodox side because they are afraid of them and their power."