Anat Hoffman

Women Of The Wall Pluck Torah Scroll Across Partition To Women’s Section

04/21/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem - For the first time in its 26-year history, the feminist prayer group Women of the Wall managed to read from a full-sized Torah scroll Monday (April 20) after one of its members surreptitiously borrowed one from the Western Wall’s men’s section.

Women Of The Wall Nearing Agreement With Israeli Government

01/27/2014 - 19:00

JERUSALEM — Women of the Wall is close to approving an agreement with the Israeli government to move the group’s monthly prayer service to a new egalitarian area.

Longtime Women Of The Wall Members Protest Robinson’s Arch Decision

10/14/2013 - 20:00

Ten longtime members of Women of the Wall are protesting the organization’s agreement to meet at Robinson’s Arch if certain conditions are met.

Women of the Wall members praying at the Western Wall plaza to mark the Hebrew month of Av. Miriam Alster/Flash90

Praying For Peace: A Rabbinical Student Reports On Rosh Hodesh At The Wall

05/09/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As I pushed through the jampacked Kotel on Rosh Hodesh Sivan, thousands of religious girls pointed at my kippa and screamed in my face. Not only did they stick out their tongues, but they made the shape of a gun with their hands and rotated between pointing it at their heads and pointing it at mine. Scanning through the faces of the young girls, I wondered if in a different setting, we could’ve been braiding challah or lighting Shabbat candles together as friends. Some of their eyes leaked with hatrid and disgust, while some overflowed with intrigue, curiosity, and at times boredom. A large portion of the girls seemed to be mulling about, happy to be spending time with friends, and waiting for us to leave.

Jenn Maggin

Court: Women Should Not Have Been Arrested

Latest ruling presents Robinson's Arch as an option for women, but says they can pray at the Wall, as well.
04/24/2013 - 20:00

JERUSALEM  -- Women praying out loud at the Western Wall in prayer shawls do not disturb the public order and should not have been arrested, an Israeli court found.

Women of the Wall, which agitates for women's prayer rights, won a major court victory on April 24. Getty Images

Oddly Peaceful Prayers

Joined by female MKs and supported by celebrities, Women of the Wall crosses a ‘tipping point.’ Is Barbra next?
03/11/2013 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

On Tuesday, Rosh Hodesh Nissan, members of the group Women of the Wall and their supporters gathered, as they do at the start of every Jewish month, at the back of the Western Wall’s women’s section.

For the first time in almost 2 years, Israeli police did not detain Women of the Wall participants. Michele Chabin

UPDATE: Ten Women Detained At Western Wall

Women were wearing prayer shawls in violation of Wall regulations, police say.
02/10/2013 - 19:00
Staff Writer

(Adds comment from detained female rabbi, further comment from Jewish Agency)

Ten women were detained at the Western Wall on Monday, the highest number held at one time amid a spate of similar incidents in recent months, according to a press release from Women of the Wall, a Jerusalem-based group that has been agitating for more than 20 years for the right of women to pray audibly as a group at the Wall.

Ten women were arrested Monday for praying at the Wall in prayer shawls. Photo courtesy Women of the Wall by Michal Fattal

Back To The Wall, But Still Fighting

Anat Hoffman, Israeli feminist arrested for Kotel service, finds cause for optimism as well as anger.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

It is the first morning of the Hebrew month of Kislev, and ordinarily Anat Hoffman would be surrounded by a diverse community of women celebrating Rosh Chodesh, singing in the shadow of Judaism’s holiest site, the Kotel. Instead, Hoffman, who is 58 and the chairwoman of the multidenominational prayer group known as Women of the Wall, sits on the other side of the world in a Manhattan restaurant, railing and reflecting — and rejoicing a bit too. 

Hoffman’s arrest at the Wall last month drew protests from liberal Jews around the world.

Six Women Detained For Wearing Prayer Shawls At Western Wall

11/14/2012 - 19:00


Six women were detained by Jerusalem police for wearing prayer shawls at the Western Wall as more than 100 women gathered there for the monthly Women of the Wall service.

The detainments Thursday, on the first day of the Hebrew month Kislev, follow the arrest at last month's service of Women of the Wall leader Anat Hoffman. Hoffman was not at Thursday’s service, as she was banned from the Wall for 30 days following her arrest on Oct. 17.

The detainments occurred before the service began as women were putting on their tallitot.

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