Haredi sect pledges no gender separation in Jerusalem neighborhood on Sukkot


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A haredi Orthodox sect has pledged not to impose gender segregation in the streets of Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood.

The Toldot Aharon Chasidic sect in discussions with the Jerusalem police and municipality agreed not to impose gender segregation, including using special ushers on the streets to maintain the segregation, Ynet reported. A safety fence will be erected to maintain order during the massive Simchat Beit Hashoeva celebration, however.

Segregation on the streets of Mea Shearim and other Jerusalem neighborhoods has been imposed in previous years. It has included having separate entrances for men and women. 

Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that police must prevent gender separation on the streets.

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