Sisterhood stands with Women of the Wall

Welcome to the first Temple Sholom Sisterhood Blog post!

Members of our Temple Sholom Sisterhood joined over 100 women and men to pray at a Rosh Chodesh service held at the Daley Center on May 10.  The event was sponsored by Chicagoland Women of the Wall.

What a powerful experience it was to pray at a replica of the Western Wall right here in Chicago − particularly knowing that, just ten hours earlier in Jerusalem itself, women assembled to pray and were, for the first time, assisted rather than arrested by police.

Women of the Wall is a tremendous organization which has been holding prayer services and fighting for the right of Jewish women to worship at the Western Wall for decades.  The recent court decision permitting women to pray at the Wall wearing tallit and tefillin marks the first step in a long journey to come.

Yes, it was a cold and rainy day in Chicago, but it’s not too cliché to say that hearts and spirits were warmed and comforted as we joined in solidarity with our sisters in Jerusalem.

Thank you to Marla Goldberg for letting me use her photos, including the one of Cyndi Solitro (our Sisterhood President) and me, looking chilly but happy!

More great photos and reporting of the event – including in other U.S. cities – can be found at the links below.

Lisa Millman is a new Temple Sholom Sisterhood Board member.