With less than 10 days remaining of the 60-day review of the historic Western Wall compromise, religious leaders here are voicing concerns about potential changes to the plan.
“We are in regular contact with the Prime Minister’s office, and will continue our assertive advocacy,” wrote Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, in a statement. “We are also planning, as we must, for a strategy to advance the cause of religious pluralism more broadly.” […]
Steven Bayme, director of contemporary Jewish life at the American Jewish Committee, remains optimistic that the plan will be adopted, despite pushback.
“Failure to implement this compromise, already agreed upon, is going to be dismaying to American Jews, precisely at a moment when we’re concerned about weakening ties between American Jewry and Israel,” Bayme said. “Israel’s own self-interest is ultimately at stake.”