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Statement on Use of Force Against Reform Leaders at the Kotel

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College / Jewish Reconstructionist Communities and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association stand in solidarity with the leaders of the Reform movement who were confronted with force by police and Western Wall security personnel as they attempted to carry Torah scrolls to the site. The Reform movement leaders were gathered to celebrate the recent ordination of the 100th rabbi through the Reform Movement in Israel. We condemn the actions of those who used force or the threat of force to attempt to block these Jews — Israeli citizens and visitors from abroad alike — from worshiping freely at the Kotel. We will continue to work side-by-side with Israeli and diaspora Jewish organizations seeking a new arrangement for Jewish prayer at the Kotel that affirms Jewish pluralism and the legitimacy of all of the major movements of Judaism.

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