Rabbi Gilad Kariv, president of the Reform movement in Israel, expects an update from the prime minister within “a few weeks.”
If the agreement is not implemented, Kariv said, his movement may encourage thousands of non-Orthodox Jews to conduct non-Orthodox prayer services next to the existing Western Wall prayer sections, which are run like an ultra-Orthodox synagogue, and to join Women of the Wall, a group that wants the right to pray and read from a Torah scroll at the wall.
Most controversially, Kariv said the Reform movement will petition the high court to divide the existing gender-segregated Western Wall into a third section for mixed-gender prayer.
“If the Haredim think the best place to promote peace at the wall is to bring Reform and Conservative Jews to pray 6 feet (away) from them, let it be,” said Kariv. “Haredim” is another term for ultra-Orthodox.