The Egalitarian Kotel
For thousands of years, Jews dreamed of standing at the Western Wall and praying. Since the destruction of the Second Temple, the southern part of the Western Wall had been desolate. It was covered with ruins and soil and remained hidden until 1867, when archeological excavations began. Robinson's Arch, located at the southern end of the Western Wall, served as an ancient interchange in the Herodian period, enabling the entrance to the Temple Mount and the Roman street beneath it, which served as a central route for commerce and pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Ezrat Israel is built next to the archaeological garden and is open to all worshipers.
It is the only place in the Western Wall where the family can pray together and perform bar / bat mitzvah ceremonies and other ceremonies - without a partition. The Masorti Movement provides free prayer books and Torah scrolls for the worshipers, which are stored in a special holy ark set up for this purpose at the site.
We believe that Jerusalem belongs to the entire Jewish people and therefore offer the service to every Jew, from every stream, as long as they respects the right of other Jews to act according to their faith. The Masorti Movement happily and freely provides service to worshipers wishing to pray at the Western Wall in a pluralistic and egalitarian spirit.
Things to know before booking:
• The Egalitarian Kotel (Ezrat Yisrael) is open to the general public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• It is possible to pray in a place without a partition at any time. During the days and times when the Torah is read, the Masorti Movement is happy to offer you a Torah scroll and prayer books at no charge.
• To order a place and coordinate the use of the Torah scrolls and prayer books - click the book a ceremony button, fill in the details of the ceremony and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
• In order to maintain order and to allow Bar/ Bat mitzvah to be held without interruption, we allow reservations at certain times during the morning hours:
7:30 - 9:00
9: 00-10: 30
10:30 - 12:00
According to tradition, the reading of the Torah is usually on Mondays and Thursdays, Rosh Chodesh, Chol Hamoed and Chanukah. If you wish to perform prayers on another weekday, we will be happy to help.
• The service and use of the prayer books and Torah scrolls is offered free of charge, and we would be very grateful if you would choose to help us continue offering the service to anyone who wants it at no cost.