Friends. I’m sure you have already heard about Anat Hoffman’s recent arrest at the Kotel (the Western Wall). For those who have not, Anat is part of a wonderful organization called Women of the Wall who organize monthly gatherings at the Kotel to celebrate Rosh Chodesh (the New Moon). For more than 2 decades now Women of the Wall has been dedicated to making Progressive Judaism’s voice heard in Israel. This past Tuesday, Anat was arrested merely for being a woman who was carrying a Torah at the Kotel.
I look forward to joining Women of the Wall for Rosh Chodesh next month.
Women of the Wall’s mission:
Women of the Wall, a group of Israeli women joined by Jewish women from around the world, seeks the right for Jewish women from Israel and around the world to conduct prayer services, read from a Torah scroll while wearing prayer shawls, and sing out loud at the Western Wall– Judaism’s most sacred holy site and the principal symbol of Jewish people hood and sovereignty.
Our purpose is both social advocacy – to change the current status quo which prevents women from being able to pray freely at the Western Wall, to educate Jewish women and the public in general about the social, political and human rights issues involved in women’s right to pray as a prayer group; and to empower Jewish women to take control of their religious and prayer lives. WOW stands with other activists in the forefront of the movement for religious pluralism in Israel.
You don’t need to be in Israel to have your voice heard. The Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C. is just one place that makes it easy for us to make a difference. Click below!
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