JERUSALEM (Jul. 1)
Despite a ban by the Israeli Ministry for Religious Affairs, the World Union for Progressive Judaism is expected to go ahead with plans for mixed prayers at the Western Wall Thursday. The Ministry was not planning to rely on ushers or police to evict the women from the men’s section or vice versa since several Orthodox congregations have called for mass prayer by their followers near the wall Thursday. If the plans of the Orthodox leaders are carried out, the area facing the wall would be jammed to capacity so that both sexes would be unable to approach the wall. The World Union is an organization of Reform rabbis.