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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:00 am

American Jews rally for Women of the Wall

American Jews held solidarity rallies in several U.S. cities to protest Israeli limitations on women’s prayer at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. On March 11, some 125 demonstrators gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, and additional demonstrations were held March 12 in New York and Cleveland. San Francisco supporters were planning a rally for March 19. The rallies were timed to Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the new Hebrew month, when the group Women of the Wall holds its monthly prayer service at the Western Wall. Women of the Wall participants have been subject to detentions and arrests for violating the site’s ban on women’s public prayer with tallitot (prayer shawls), among other restrictions. The March 12 service at the wall marked the first time in months that no one was arrested or detained. Three female Knesset members joined the gathering.

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