Comic Sarah Silverman's Sister Detained by Israel

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The head of a liberal Jewish women

** FILE ** Sarah Silverman poses for photographers at the Comedy Central party, in a Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007 photo, in Los Angeles. Sarah Silverman says she was alarmed by the negative reaction to her Britney Spears jokes at the MTV Video Music Awards. "The joke that everyone was upset about me calling the kids `adorable mistakes' was the most innocuous joke," the 36-year-old comedian tells Us Weekly magazine in its Oct. 8 issue. (AP Photo/Rene Macura, file)

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The head of a liberal Jewish women's group says Israeli police have detained 10 women, including the sister of American comic Sarah Silverman, as they tried to pray at a Jerusalem holy site.

Anat Hoffman says the women were detained for wearing religious garb that Orthodox Judaism reserves for men only.

They were detained at the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites.

Silverman's sister Susan, a Jerusalem rabbi from the liberal Reform movement, was detained along with her teenage daughter.

Hoffman says they are still in police custody.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld confirmed the detentions.

About 300 people gathered Monday at the Western Wall to protest Orthodox control of the site.

Israel's prime minister has ordered officials to seek solutions for non-Orthodox women wishing to pray at the site.

AP-WF-02-11-13 1028GMT


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