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Group gathers, prays at Israeli consulate

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Concerned over how women and girls are treated in Israel, a group of 18 women and one man gathered in front of the Israeli consulate in San Francisco Feb. 23 for a Rosh Chodesh prayer ceremony.

The group marked the monthly observance by reading from the Women’s Torah, the first Torah scribed and embellished entirely by women, which has been on tour in the Bay Area. The gathering began at 11 a.m. in front of the consulate on Montgomery Street in the Financial District.

Organizers said they were inspired by Anat Hoffman, the Israeli feminist-activist who suggested that women hold Rosh Chodesh rallies at Israeli consulates in order to raise awareness about women in Israel who are discriminated against at the Western Wall.

The group expressed its concerns — about the restrictions on women at the Kotel and gender segregation on Israeli buses — in writing to Akiva Tor, the Consul General of Israel for the Pacific Northwest region.


Posted by Alex Madonik
03/02/2012  at  04:09 PM
Anat Hoffman's SF Bay Area Visit

Funny how the J still has not mentioned Anat Hoffman’s visit to the Bay Area last month, during which she spoke to large crowds at ten different venues.  Not does the J mention that she was a long time member of the Jerusalem City Council and is currently Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center.

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Posted by Alex Madonik
03/04/2012  at  01:51 PM
Correction: J's Report of Anat Hoffman's planned visit

While last week’s brief report of the Rosh Chodesh gathering at the Israeli Consulate in SF neglected to mention Anat Hoffman’s recent visit to the Bay Area, the J did report on her planned visit in the February 3rd issue:

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