Alex Schwartz

Age: 13

Grade: 8th

Program: Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! at Temple Sinai in Stamford, CT.

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Alex makes the case for gender equality at the Wall:

Being in a Reform congregation, I had taken for granted my opportunity to pray with my brother and my father and to become a bat mitzvah.  However, at a holy site having such meaning for all Jews, I find it really hard to believe that women are excluded.  As this old proverb from India says, “Women hold up half the sky.” Praying alongside each other should not be a threat, on the contrary, it enhances Judaism.


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