Thursday, January 20, 2011

Beth Am welcomes Anat Hoffman!

A special message for members of Congregation Beth Am:

As you may know, this upcoming Shabbat is Sisterhood Shabbat. We are very lucky that Friday night a representative from the national movement, Andrea Cannon, will be addressing our congregation, as our honored guest.

However, I especially wanted to make sure that you knew about our other guest this weekend. We are incredibly lucky, and honored, to welcome Anat Hoffman to Congregation Beth Am on Saturday. Ms. Hoffman, Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, is a founding member of Women Of The Wall, an organization dedicated to women's religious equality in Israel. Recently, she defied an unjust law in Israel, which prohibited women from reading the Torah by the Western Wall, and her arrest was captured on video, and broadcast around the world. This incident, in addition to the brave work she has done over the years, has vaulted her to the front of the women's movement in Israel, and it's not an exaggeration to say that she may be becoming that movement’s Rosa Parks.

We are incredibly fortunate to have her with us this weekend, and it is a special, maybe once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to spend time with her on Saturday morning. So please join us for breakfast at 8:30, study at 9:00, and worship at 10:30, as we celebrate Shabbat with this extraordinary woman.

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