by Rabbi David Wilfond
This week, we are featuring a number of blogs related to Israel, and especially the experiences of Reform/Progressive Jews visiting and living in Israel. Today, we celebrate the six NFTY women who became Bat Mitzvah at the Kotel, a special experience which has only recently been afforded to women.
For six members of Group Six, the visit to the Old City of Jerusalem was like a dream come true. Six young women who had never had a Bat Mitzvah celebrated in a ceremony with their group by the Western Wall.
Two of the group’s members, Michael and Rachel Glozman, told their friends inspiring stories about their cousin, Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman, and her brave struggle as one of the leaders of Women of the Wall. This inspired six young women to ask the group’s leader, Shani Ben Or, an HUC Rabbinical Student, if they could fulfill their dream to become Bat Mitzvah by the Wall.