(JERUSALEM) — One of the holiest places in Judaism is opening up to non-Orthodox Jews.
Israel’s government approved plans to build an independent prayer spot at the Western Wall where men and women who are Reform and Conservative Jews can now pray together.
The plaza in Jerusalem’s Old City had forbidden non-Orthodox services, causing women who led prayers to be arrested and activists to campaign for equal prayer rights for years.
The new 10,000 square foot plaza will be built just south of the Orthodox space at the Western Wall, or the Wailing Wall.
The site is the last segment of the Wall that encased the Temple Mount. The area sees thousands of visitors every year, with some sliding paper with written prayers through scracks of the Wall.
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