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Would it be weird if I offered to walk home with visibly Jewish men after Kabbalat Shabbat?


For context: the Jewish community is incredibly small in my city. They’re mostly ashkenazim, and there are barely enough people for a minyan, most days. This is central Europe, not the worst country by far but still very riddled with all sorts of antisemitism, though incidents are rare.

I am a 31 year-old woman, Zera Yisrael, and actually only attended a service there on Friday the 6th – in the hopes of attending more regularly. Weird how timing works, right?

Anyway, my question is this: as I do not wear a kippa nor a tichel, and am mizrachi (people here do not clock mizrachim as Jews, only ashkenazim are truly visible), would it be weird if I offered to walk home with very visibly Jewish men who go alone? Maybe even the rabbi, who is very old and has a health problem that makes him a slow walker. I don’t want it to come off as flirty or just generally do something that will be frowned upon, but in all honesty it would also relieve me a little to watch out for the safety of even one member of the community.

By the way, the reason I am specifically asking about men is because I didn’t see a single “visibly Jewish” woman going alone. Women tend to be my priority in most areas of life, but I feel that kippot are really more visible and more often targeted around here so I refuse to live by that principle when it comes to the safety of Jews.

So, how do I go about this?

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