Israel approves mixed-gender Jewish prayer site at Western Wall

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Tourists walk by part of the Western Wall, following the Israeli government's approval to create a mixed-sex prayer plaza near Jerusalem's Western Wall to accommodate Jews who contest Orthodox curbs on worship by women at the site, in Jerusalem's Old City January 31, 2016. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Amir Cohen *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-WALL-DEAL, originally transmitted on Feb. 9, 2016.

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JERUSALEM — An Israeli official said the new plaza will take at least a year to complete. Unlike the Western Wall, it will not have a state-employed rabbi, but will be run by a committee.