Protest planned to support Anat Hoffman
Supporters of Women at the Wall and Anat Hoffman will hold a Shema-in, Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:45 a.m., in Levy Hall of Rodef Shalom Congregation.
They will pray the Shema as a group for a YouTube film that features Reform and Conservative Jews voicing the central expression of their “faith, the act for which Hoffman was recently arrested,” according to a release from the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee.
Hoffman, the chair of Women of the Wall, who visited Pittsburgh last April, was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Western Wall for “disturbing public order.” She was strip searched, handcuffed, shackled, dragged and held in a jail cell overnight with no bed. She was saying the Shema, which led to her her arrest.
The film will then be sent to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, chief rabbis of Israel and Hoffman herself.
Particpants in Sunday’s act, which is open to the public, may bring a tallit if that is their custom.