Jewish Groups Show Support for Occupy LA

The chosen people know how to throw a protest. This past Sunday, members of several Jewish organizations brought their own special formula to the Occupy Los Angeles protest on the lawn of City Hall. Participants included members of CLUE-LA (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice), the American Jewish University, and the Progressive Jewish Alliance, among others.

The groups erected a sukkah, a temporary shelter traditionally built by observers of the week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot, and held a rally in the structure. The Jewish Journal spoke with organizer Rabbi Jonathan Klein:

“Rabbi Jason van Leeuwen calls me and says, ‘We’ve got to do a sukkah down at Occupy L.A.,’ and I immediately thought of some of the people who would really get into that idea,” Klein said. “Voila! A week-and-a-half later, we have a sukkah with over 100 people, probably 200 people, here learning Torah and learning about foreclosures and learning about the plight of tomato growers.”

That sounds awesome. And they had challah bread.

The Jewish Journal has more details, as well as video and photos of the event.