For the first time, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem will implement separate visiting hours for men and women to its new exhibit about Hasidic Jews, Israel’s daily newspaper Haaretz has revealed on Monday.
The move will aim to attract more ultra-Orthodox visitors while yeshivas, Jewish educational institution that focuses on the study of traditional religious texts, are closed.
Museum officials stressed that the gender-segregated visiting times will only apply to the exhibit "A World Apart Next Door: Glimpses into the Life of Hasidic Jews", and will depend on the demand from ultra-Orthodox groups. Shai Yamin, head of marketing at the Israel Museum added that separate visiting hours will most likely be held after closing times.
"A World Apart Next Door," depicts “Hasidic culture and features rare editions of Hasidic books, clothing, photographs and video clips of events in various Hasidic courts.”
Hasidic Judaism is a branch of Orthodox Judaism.