Western Wall Rabbi Apologizes to Woman Wearing Kippa by Kotel

9 July 2015

Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch has apologized to Linda Siegel-Richman, an American Jewish woman who was barred from approaching the Kotel because she was wearing a kippa. The apology came after Rabbi Rabinovich received a protest letter from NIF grantee Women of the Wall.

Women of the Wall said it was outraged by the incident and harshly criticized Kotel officials for threatening to arrest Siegel-Richman. It also criticized the Orthodox Western Wall Heritage Foundation for ignoring a court ruling that allows pluralistic Jewish worship at the Western Wall.

Segal-Richman, from Colorado, is in Israel on a Conservative Movement yeshiva study program.

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