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Woman of the Wall arrested

As they do at the start of every month, Israel’s Women of the Wall went to the Kotel on Wednesday to celebrate Rosh Chodesh.

But this time, instead of services concluding with the Musaf prayer, the experience ended with a 25 year old participant, a medical student who was wearing a tallit and carrying the group’s new Torah scroll, being arrested by police and charged with “performing a religious act that offends the feelings of others.”

Read the rest of this important story here.

Debra Nussbaum Cohen is a regular contributor to The Sisterhood, which crossposts weekly with Jewesses with Attitude.

Learn more about Women of the Wall at jwa.org

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Dear Friends, The arrest of Nofrat Frenkel for wearing a tallit at the kotel on Rosh Hodesh Kislev compels us to raise our voices and engage our communities in joint action. We invite you to join in a community-wide Day of Solidarity and Support for Women of the Wall (WOW), to take place all over North America on Rosh Hodesh Tevet, Thursday December 17th, the sixth day of Chanukah. With this national grassroots initiative, we will express our support for the rights of the Women of the Wall to assemble at the Kotel and to pray there with dignity, in safety and in shared community. As with many other womenÌ¢‰â‰ã¢s grass roots efforts, each community, organization and institution shall develop its own program of prayer or study and shall reach out as widely as possible to its constituencies. For some groups, this day of solidarity and support will be in the manner of WOW, including tefillah and the reading of the Torah. For others, the program may be a "lunch and learn" text study session; or a womenÌ¢‰â‰ã¢s Chanukah observance. For yet others, it might be a gathering of three or more friends in a living room or office who will dedicate their joint prayer and/or study to the Women of the Wall. Some communities may want to add to their programs a screening of Yael KatzirÌ¢‰â‰ã¢s film, Praying in Her Own Voice. While there are many other issues that exist in the fragile religious balance in Israel, we hope that the study and prayer of this day will be dedicated solely to the Women of the Wall. We ask that you convene a program that shows your support for this initiative. Please share your plans and document your activities by sending an email to jackie.ellenson@gmail.com. We also ask that you send a photo of your gathering to Judith Sherman Asher, judithrafaela@mac.com, who is a member of Women of the Wall in Israel. Please caption the photo with the names of the participants, the date, location of, and information about your program. Feel free to add a short message of support for Women of the Wall. This will greatly strengthen the morale of our sisters in Israel. We hope you will join in a groundswell of support of American women for the Women of the Wall. We encourage you to send this letter to any other womenÌ¢‰â‰ã¢s groups who might want to participate. As Rosh Hodesh Tevet takes place during the week of Chanukah, the holiday of religious freedom, what better time to affirm the right of women to raise their voices in prayer at the Wall! Sincerely yours, Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson Director, WomenÌ¢‰â‰ã¢s Rabbinic Network Jackie.ellenson@gmail.com Rivka Haut WomenÌ¢‰â‰ã¢s Tefillah Network rivkahaut@yahoo.com Coordinators Contributions to WOW are essential and appropriate, now more than ever. Please send your contribution to: WOMEN OF THE WALL, POB 31936, Jerusalem, 91319, Israel. http://womenofthewall.org.il

You can read more about "Women of the Wall" and find a link to the organization's website on the main JWA website: Women of the Wall. Updates to the article can also be posted, using the "Discuss" link.

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How to cite this page

Cohen, Debra Nussbaum. "Woman of the Wall arrested." 19 November 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on October 18, 2017) <https://jwa.org/blog/woman-of-the-wall-arrest>.

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