Heated debate within the group, as some side with plan to create egalitarian prayer section separate from the Western Wall's central area.
In unusual move, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch urges ultra-Orthodox not to disturb the peace at the Western Wall, as Israel Police deal with mounting tension on the nearby Temple Mount.
Jerusalem District Police cites intel indicating local plans to disturb the peace; clashes between Palestinian youth and police have become more frequent over the course of the Jewish holidays.
The silence outside the Dome of the Rock, the noisy bar mitzvahs at the Kotel, the erasure of Muslim history at the City of David - a visit to the holiest places in the Holy Land.
Buttressed by an organized voting drive waged by her many supporters, Hoffman garnered close to 70 percent of the vote.
She has been keeping alight a beacon of freedom, of human and civil rights, pluralism and equality in the much-too-holy Jerusalem without recognition or thanks.
Leaders of the Haredi community reportedly decided they would not send out legions of young religious women to block their access as they did at the last two prayer services.
American Jews should press for religious pluralism in Israel – especially at the Western Wall - as a core Jewish value, and not be intimidated by Israel's government and its ultra-Orthodox minority.
Responding to criticism in letter, Minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs says plan is temporary and not perfect.
New campaign aims to galvanize support for greater religious tolerance in Israel, specifically at Western Wall.