Women Facing West is a photo exposition and Bay Area-based organization that is focused on raising local awareness towards the struggle that reform and conservative women face in attempting to pray, wear tefillin and tallitot, and read from the Torah at the Western Wall. Our goal is to change the Orthodox status-quo that is currently preventing women from being able to pray freely at the Western Wall. This goal has tremendous ramifications for women’s rights in Judaism and in Israel, and must be achieved through social advocacy in order to raise awareness and change social perception of these issues. It is important that women around the world become educated regarding the violation of their civil rights, human rights and religious freedom.
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Angelica Vohland - Project manager
Angelica Vohland is a Jewish-American student that is currently a member of Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, California. You can often find her doing ballet, listening to jazz, discussing politics, or eating tons of falafel. Angelica is very active within her Jewish community, and recently returned from her first trip to Israel.
katie levy - project photographer
Katie Levy is a 17-year-old girl who is a member of Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael, California. She is a Jewish photographer, golfer, and student. Her photography focuses on relationships between people, expressions, landscapes, nature, and fashion. She is very passionate about her religion as a reform Jew and her place as a woman in Judaism.
If you are interested in participating in our project, let us know!