Rabbi Susan Silverman of the Women at the Wall, a Jerusalem based organization that advocates to keep part of the Western Wall open so women can pray there. Historically, only men prayed at the wall. But in recent decades the Women at the Wall organized first to protest the lack of space for women. After one protest was posted on social media, and shared by Rabbi Silverman’s sister comedian Sarah Silverman, the post went viral. A Israel official visiting a synagogue in the U.S. got an earful from American Jewish women who supported the Women at the Wall. The Women at the Wall organization has to continually advocate to keep a section of the Western Wall open to women.
Rabbi Silverman also hosts a monthly gathering of rabbis and comedians in Jerusalem. Asked about her own comedic flare, the Rabbi said referencing her comedian sister, “Sarah comes from somewhere.”