Rabbis hold 1st mixed-prayer service in Knesset

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A historic prayer service was conducted in the Knesset on Wednesday by a leadership mission of the North American Masorti-Conservative movement, the first mixed men’s and women’s service ever held there.

The group, comprised of male and female rabbis and communal leaders from the US and Canada, met with several MKs to discuss the issue of religion and state, including Ministers Dan Meridor (Likud) and Uzi Landau (Israel Beiteinu), as well as Kadima’s Yohanan Plesner and Orit Zuaretz.

The meetings largely focused on the issue of religious radicalization in Israel and its influence on the country’s image abroad, particularly in America.

The group said afternoon mincha prayers when their schedule of political engagements was over, and, as is the custom in the Conservative stream of Judaism, men and women sat together without a partition.

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