Anat Hoffman, a leader of Reform Judaism who received international attention in July for being arrested for carrying a Torah at the Western Wall, will speak next Friday (Oct. 22) at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale.
Hoffman is the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center and co-founder of Women of the Wall, which fights for the right of women to “wear prayer shawls, pray and read from the Torah collectively and out loud at the Western Wall.”
The Shabbat service with Hoffman will start at 7:45 p.m. at WRT.
According to news reports, Hoffman was interrogated for hours after her arrest.
In a 2008 interview, Hoffman, who grew up in Israel, explained how she became a rare Reform activist in Israel: “I was a totally secular Jew—the choice I’d seen in Israel was to be Orthodox or nothing—and there was a general agreement among us Israelis that we didn’t do “Jewish stuff.” But my attitude changed when my husband and I got involved with the Westwood Free Minyan, which met at UCLA Hillel. It opened our eyes to the fact that rabbis could be friendly and accepting. I also learned that there is more than one way to be a Jew, and returned to Israel with a strong desire to be a religious-pluralism activist.”
A video shows that Hoffman got pretty roughed up by police when she wouldn’t cooperate:
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