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Protesters hound homophobic rabbi in Tel Aviv amid uproar over religious group

Rabbi Yigal Levinstein makes his way through protests in Tel Aviv on September 19, 2023. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Activists demonstrate against Yigal Levinstein and religious coercion; head of Rosh Yehudi, facing opposition to gender-segregated Yom Kippur service, says he was spat on.

Hundreds of protesters surrounded a synagogue in central Tel Aviv Tuesday night, where a controversial rabbi with a history of sexist and homophobic comments was speaking, leading to chaotic scenes as the rabbi was escorted out under heavy police protection.

The protest outside the synagogue of the Rosh Yehudi organization, a nonprofit that encourages Jews to embrace a religious lifestyle, came as the group fights for the right to hold a gender-segregated prayer in a public square, rousing anger in the famously liberal city.

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