Equal Opportunity: Not
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation offers free bar mitzvah services at the Western Wall. Nice of them.
What do they offer to girls who want to celebrate their bat mitzvah? Zip, zero, nada, nothing.
In fact, if you look closely at their advertisement, you will see just what they consider to be the proper role of women and girls at a bar mitzvah. (Click on any image to enlarge it.) Hint: try the upper right-hand corner of the poster.
A closer look:
Yes, folks. According to the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, the sole role of women who are celebrating the bar mitzvah of their sons and grandsons at the Wall is to stand on rickety plastic chairs and peer over the divider at the celebration taking place on the other side.
How’s that for an educational message to half the Jewish population?