In celebration of Women of the Wall’s 25th Anniversary on Rosh Chodesh Kislev (November 4, 2013), Rabbi Schindler co-led an international mission to celebrate that milestone and to support pluralism in Israel. From the time of Solomon’s building the First Temple to Herod’s renovation of the Second Temple to 1967 to today, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall have been a focal point for Jewish religious expression. Rabbi Schindler will explore the evolving meaning of the Western Wall and lay out the challenges of Jewish pluralism in Israel today.
Rabbi Judy Schindler is senior Rabbi at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, NC. Prior to coming to Charlotte, she was an Associate Rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York. Rabbi Schindler has worked extensively to promote racial and ethnic understanding and address the social needs of the Charlotte community. In honor of her efforts, Rabbi Schindler was named Charlotte Woman of the Year in 2011. Rabbi Schindler is currently the only woman in Charlotte leading a congregation of more than a thousand families, and is one of a small group of women rabbis in our country leading synagogues of that same size. She is the daughter of the late Rabbi Alexander Schindler who was president of the Union for Reform Judaism from 1973-1995.