From the Editor

by Susan Weidman Schneider

“When I went to Israel last summer with my youth group I was totally excited to have our first Shabbat at the Western Wall. When I got there all the girls could do was watch from the women’s side of the mechitza while all our guy friends were having the peak Jewish experience of their entire lives!” Unfortunately, this plaint is not unusual. The energy and funding focused on giving teens a trip to Israel often fails to prepare them adequately—leaving girls, for instance, desolate and confused over the exclusion of women from public prayer at the Wall.

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