Sisterhood meeting

Sunday, October 14, 2012

About 28 women enjoyed the first sisterhood brunch of 5773 and listened to guest speaker Dr. Abbie Caplin, representing “The Women of the Wall”. The next  big sisterhood activity is the Channuka Celebration & Holiday Crafts Fair on  Sunday, Dec. 2nd 11:30-3:30 pm.

We will need help with:

  • putting out a mailing for the Channuka raffle
  • setting up and cleaning up
  • finding craftspeople to exhibit/sale
  • volunteer to staff bake table, gift table, and children’s activity tables Dec 2nd.
Dr. Abbie Caplin

Dr. Abbie Caplin giving a talk at Congregation B’nai Emunah, San Francisco.

Next Dr. Abbie Caplin spoke about the history and developments of the international Women of the Wall project. For more info go to their website. She updated us on the current situation in Israel:

Currently, the ultra-Orthodox group charged with overseeing the Kotel has repeatedly changed the rules affecting women’s’ rights to pray there. Women are allowed to gather and pray at Robinson’s Arch, an area at the archeological site, not at the Kotel proper. At the Kotel they can not carry or read from the Torah. They cannot wear a talllit in the customary way; rather they must wear it like a scarf and even the color of the talllit is regulated.
Anat Hoffman, leader of Women of the Wall, and others have successfully won court cases to allow women to sit where they want on public buses going through ultra-orthodox neighborhoods.
Women and others going to Israel are invited to participate on a Freedom Ride and help enforce the desegregation of buses. A free trip to Israel could be won by anyone who witnesses and provides evidence of the lack of enforcement of the law.
Abbie invites us to participate locally in regular sing-ins in front of the Israeli Consulate to show our support for the work of Women of the Wall. The next scheduled sing-in is Thursday, Dec. 13th from noon to 1:00 pm.

Most recent event – Abbie’s email from Oct 16

Dear B’nai Emunah sisterhood,

It was wonderful meeting you on Sunday!
It’s strange that just two days later, a few hours ago, Anat Hoffman was arrested at the Kotel for wearing a Women of the Wall tallit.
She was speaking to a group of Hadassah women, putting on the tallit. From what I understand, a policeman told her to wear it like a scarf, which she then did.
She encouraged the women to contact their Israeli consulates at home urge a change in the law. At some point, she was arrested anyway. You can follow the event here.
We haven’t planned anything yet, but we might sing again tomorrow (Thursday, Oct 18) on Montgomery Street. Not sure yet.

Please contact me individually if might want to join us.

Kol tub,

About Gabriele Lange

Multi Media Consultant in SF Bay Area WebDesign at City College 2008-2011 Professional Photographer since 1998 Lived in Berlin, Germany between 1987-1994
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1 Response to Sisterhood meeting

  1. gerelyn gratch lindauer says:

    Thanks Gabriele for getting this information so quickly on the blog! Isn’t that something that only a couple days later, Anat Hoffman gets arrested! When will the Israeli government take charge and get the ultra-orthodox under control? Bonnie

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