Jewish protester Mika Kie Weissbuch at the San Francisco "Bans Off Our Bodies" march for reproductive rights, May 14, 2022, from Civic Center to Embarcadero on Market Street. (Photo/Brooke Anderson)
Jewish protester Mika Kie Weissbuch at the San Francisco "Bans Off Our Bodies" march for reproductive rights, May 14, 2022, from Civic Center to Embarcadero on Market Street. (Photo/Brooke Anderson)

PHOTOS: Jews join Bay Area abortion rights protests in force

“Bans Off Our Bodies” marches were held throughout the Bay Area and across the country on Saturday to protest the Supreme Court’s threatened reversal of federal abortion rights and to advocate for reproductive freedom.

In the Bay Area, contingents from San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ Congregation Sha’ar Zahav and the National Council of Jewish Women were out in force, along with many others marching on their own.

Linda Kurtz, NCJW San Francisco section president, told J. in an email ahead of the protest, “I see this as a life-preserving event,” citing pikuach nefesh, the Jewish law that allows other laws to be broken when lives are in danger. “We, like Abraham Joshua Heschel, will daven with our feet.”


Members of the NCJW San Francisco section at the May 14 "Bans Off Our Bodies" march in San Francisco. (Photo/Brooke Anderson)
Members of the NCJW San Francisco section (from left) Connie Levi, Dena Gardi, April Lapidus, Bonnie Lindauer and Barbara Cohresson Powell march down Market Street during the “Bans Off Our Bodies” march. (Photo/Brooke Anderson)

Linda Kurtz, president, of the NCJW San Francisco at the May 14 "Bans Off Our Bodies" march.(Photo/Brooke Anderson)
Linda Kurtz, president of the NCJW San Francisco section. (Photo/Brooke Anderson)

Marchers at the San Francisco "Bans Off Our Bodies" protest, May 14.(Photo/Brooke Anderson)
Marchers at the protest carried a range of signs — some blunt and simple, some clever and artistic. (Photo/Brooke Anderson)

Members of Congregation Sha'ar Zahav on Market Street at San Francisco's "Bans Off Our Bodies" march. (Photo/Brooke Anderson)
Members of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, San Francisco’s LGBTQ+ synagogue, on Market Street. (Photo/Brooke Anderson)

A member of the National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco section at the "Bans Off Our Bodies" march in San Francisco, May 14. (Photo/Brooke Anderson)
April Lapidus holds up a National Council of Jewish Women sign while marching with the organization’s San Francisco section. (Photo/Brooke Anderson)

Marchers at the San Francisco protest for reproductive rights, May 14, 2022. (Photo/Brooke Anderson)
“No, you can’t take my rights. I’m still using them.” (Photo/Brooke Anderson)