published : 2023-11-15

AFT President Randi Weingarten Faces Backlash for Questioning the Absence of Women at All-Male Jewish Prayer Service

'You're such a contemptible moron. Get off my timeline you idiot,' says Mark Levin

A photo of Randi Weingarten speaking at a press conference, taken with a Nikon D850.

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten found herself in hot water after raising a question about the absence of women at an all-male Jewish prayer service. The incident unfolded when Weingarten, a self-proclaimed deeply religious Jew, shared Jewish conservative commentator Mark Levin's video footage of the minyan outside the White House.

In her post, Weingarten asked, 'Where are the women?' However, the comments section on her post was limited to her followers, sparking a limited discussion.

Levin responded to Weingarten's post with an insulting remark, calling her a 'contemptible moron' and demanding that she leave his timeline.

A photo of Mark Levin expressing his opinion during an interview, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

The controversy surrounding Weingarten's post also prompted a community note from Jewish advocacy group Chabad. The note highlighted that gender-separated prayers have been a tradition among Orthodox Jews for thousands of years. It explained that women were present, but they were praying on the other side and not visible in the footage recorded in the men's section.

Weingarten faced further backlash from social media users. Some questioned her intentions, with comments suggesting that she was attempting to shame a pro-Israel event while others criticized her for turning off the comment section on her post.

This is not the first time Weingarten has faced online criticism. Earlier in the week, she was called out for posting an article about the rise in homeschooling in America. The article sparked a debate among users who attributed the increase in homeschooling to the AFT's policies and agenda in education.

A photo of Orthodox Jews praying at the Western Wall, showcasing gender-separated prayers, taken with a Sony Alpha A7 III.

The American Federation of Teachers did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

Weingarten's controversial posts have once again put her in the spotlight and sparked a passionate discussion among online users.