This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.
The three American Jewish teens who won a contest to join the Women of the Wall at the Kotel Thursday say they will never forget the experience.
Eliza Moss-Horwitz, Lucy Sattler and Alexandra Schwartz were brought to Israel by Moving Traditions, a Philadelphia-based organization advocating for a more expansive view of gender in Jewish learning and practice.
The trio joined 200 members and supporters at the Women of the Wall’s Rosh Hodesh service January 2 marking the beginning of the Hebrew month of Shevat.
The service took place with little disturbance. However, the women were denied permission to enter the Western Wall plaza with a Torah scroll.
“It was one of the most incredible days of my life,” said Moss-Horwitz, 16, of Northampton, Massachusetts. “In school we talk about people making change, but here I was actually seeing people making change.”
“It was empowering to see all these women fighting together for something so significant and relevant,” said 15-year-old Sattler, who was in Israel for a five-day visit from Evanston, Illinois.
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