Analysis: A wall between Israel and Diaspora

“It was one of the most beautiful moments for us, that the government and chief rabbi listened to what everyone said,” Naomi Adler, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, said on Tuesday, referring to the Israeli cabinet’s January approval of an egalitarian section at the Western Wall.

But what was a historic moment for Diaspora (particularly North American) Jewry has become a crushing disappointment, in light of the government’s failure to implement the deal. That poignant sentiment was visible at a meeting with co-chairman of the Caucus for Strengthening the Jewish People MK Nachman Shai (Zionist Union) and several members of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors.


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