Demand Equality at Israel's Holiest Site

Have you ever been promised something only to find out that your promise was not going to be fulfilled? Something so near and dear to your heart that you had been hoping for years would happen, and when it finally came true it was subsequently blocked by others?

How would you feel?

What would you do?

Well, this has been happening to us, and we're asking you to do something about it.

On January 31, 2016 the Israeli Government passed an agreement to create an egalitarian section at the Kotel. Since then, certain ultra-Orthodox parties have been working to prevent the agreement from implementation.

Israel's Supreme Court recently declared the following: “Enough is enough. Stop the foot dragging on implementing what was already agreed upon.”

We agree, and we’re asking you to speak up about it.

Why is this important?

1. The Kotel is a symbol of the Jewish State and for the Jewish People and we must ensure that there is a place for all Jews to come and pray.

2. This will be the first time in history the Government of Israel will recognize the Reform and Conservative movements in an official capacity. Under the agreement, the egalitarian section will be administered by our movements effectively resulting in government recognition of the liberal movements.

3. We believe that Israel must be a Jewish and Democratic state that champions the values of freedom of religion and pluralism.  A victory here will be an essential step in achieving that.

What can I do?

Fill out the form below to send a message to Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Rivlin, Speaker Edelstein, and Minister Bennett (your message will be emailed to all four simultaneously). You can customize the message or use the default message we have included. After sending your letters, please share this with your community and networks.

The following organizations of the Reform Movement join with the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conservative Movement in this effort:

Union for Reform Judaism, ARZA, Central Conference of American Rabbis, American Conference of Cantors, ARZA Canada, ARZENU, Israel Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism, Israel Religious Action Center, NFTY, Association of Reform Jewish Educators, Women of Reform Judaism, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Women's Rabbinic Network, the World Union for Progressive Judaism, and the Men of Reform Judaism.