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Western Wall gets upgrade by: Leslie Bunder
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Western Wall
Western Wall

Jerusalem's Western Wall which has traditionally been used for barmitzvahs and other Jewish gatherings is to undergo a major renovation costing around $15m.

As well as improving the area, a new visitors centre will open early next year which will show the old Jerusalem with the new as well as aiming to appeal to secular Jews.
 
As Jerusalem's top tourist attraction, the site has attracted over five million people this year.
 
The move is hoped to not just encourage tourists but also locals to use the site more often.
 
As well as barmitzvahs, the government hopes more batmitzvahs for girls will take place as well as other celebrations.
 
"We will provide every family with an assistant who will help them with all their requests, such as prayers, laying tefilin and conducting the service. It will be for free, subsidized by the state, Jerusalem's Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz told Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth
 
"The Western Wall is the Jewish nation's spiritual centre," he added. "Without a connection to the past it will be very difficult to march into the future."



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