Feminists call temporary Western Wall prayer platform a ‘sundeck’

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Despite a court decision stating women cannot don prayer shawls at the Western Wall, many members and supporters of Women of the Wall pray with prayer shawls. They want the Israeli government to accommodate the needs of all Jews at the wall, not just those of the ultra-Orthodox. RNS photo by Michele Chabin

Despite a court decision stating women cannot don prayer shawls at the Western Wall, many members and supporters of Women of the Wall pray with prayer shawls. They want the Israeli government to accommodate the needs of all Jews at the wall, not just those of the ultra-Orthodox. RNS photo by Michele Chabin

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(RNS) While the non-Orthodox leaders welcomed the new platform, which can accommodate 450 worshipers, Women of the Wall called it “a sun deck” designed to marginalize anyone who is not Orthodox from praying at the Wall.