Sarah Silverman's Sister Detained in Israel

Along with several other women for wearing religious garb permitted only on men


Police detained ten women Monday in Israel for wearing religious garb reserved for men only. The Associated Press reports Susan Silverman, and her teenage daughter, were among the women held in custody. Susan is a Rabbi in Jerusalem, as well as the sister of comedian Sarah Silverman.

Sarah wrote on Facebook that she was proud of her sister and niece for their "civil disobedience." The group were detained while attempting to pray at the Western Wall, a holy site in Judaism. A spokesman for the police, Micky Rosenfeld, says they were detained due to regulations that ban women from wearing prayer shawls while worshiping at the Western Wall, which could offend Orthodox Jewish visitors. Several hours later, they were released.