Saturday, November 30, 2013

Women of the Wall 25th Anniversary

for Rosh Chodesh Kislev, I attended the 25th anniversary of Women of the Wall, the organization devoted to reaching equal rights for women at the western wall.

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to learn and study with the NFTY Wow delegation. With 8 classes, it is so easy to forget why I am here or what inspires me but meeting new members of our youth movement and seeing some much needed familiar faces was a great reminder!

With Sarah and Morgan, both of whom were my camper and I worked with in NFTY-NW! 

On Monday was the Rosh Chodesh service at the western wall. With the 25th anniversary of the organization, I was expecting to be drowned out by protesters. Instead, I had my favorite experience with WOW yet. While there were both men and women protesters, it was the first time I had prayed with WOW that I could hear the service. It was an amazing feeling. The women's section of the Kotel was full of supporters and it was beautiful to be united in prayer. In addition, dozens of men were supporting from the men's section and the back wall of the women's section. Though there were protesters, there were few screams or whistles. I think it is safe to say that all the supporters had a meaningful prayer experience.

That evening, the female students at HUC were invited to attend the Women of the Wall gala. it was amazing and inspiring to be with so many supporters of the organization. I felt honored to be able to mark this milestone and in the room with so many future colleagues and women from our movement. It was a remarkable evening filled with singing, speeches, dancing and meeting new people!

Camp Kalsman at WOW Gala

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