JOFA fills an important role in the Jewish world by striving to bridge the gap between men and women in traditional Judaism while understanding the importance of tradition and the slow processes of change within that tradition.
JOFA is a very empowering organization for traditional Jewish women. They lead the way in curriculum development, Jewish ritual practices, and scholarship that promotes gender equality within halacha.
As a fairly new observant Jewish woman, coming from a Progressive, feminist background and orientation, I consider JOFA often to be a port in the storm. Smart, active, and generous to newcomers like me, it's an inspiring and essential organization.
JOFA's newsletters and on-line insights are very informative. Conferences are a great learning experience and provide a forum for networking otherwise not available.
JOFA is a voice for Jewish women. Their support of scholarly work by women gives me resources to share with my students. JOFA conferences gave me the opportunity to learn more about how the Jewish community is addressing issues that affect me as a Jewish woman. JOFA's very existance testifies to the vitality of nurturing the next generation of Jewish women. In some way it empowered both me and my daughter so we could pursue and realize dreams of leadership in the Jewish community.
Innovative and compelling programs in general. Leadership amongst Orthodox women. Always good movies and panel discussions. Awesome literature to supplement study around the holidays too:)
I am not Orthodox, but it has helped me learn to chant Megillah Ester by providing a CD ram. Also, it has sent booklets and thoughts for Pesach and offers more services than I need to or can utlize. I am so proid of their Agunah service, although I do not need that help. I found them while seeking the Megillah, and it has been worthwhile being involved as a recipient. I DO FEEL A BIT GUILTY ABOUT NOT BEING ORTHODOX, BUT THEY DO NOT JUDGE ME.
Great organizations spreading Feminism and inclusion into the Jewish community. As a Rabbi at an all-women's college, I use their materials regularly and share them with my students.
JOFA is a unique organization in the Jewish community. It provides intellectual, emotional and spiritual support and refreshment to Jewish women who are both committed to Jewish tradition and practice and also engaged with the larger world. The conferences, publications and speakers are of the highest quality. It is a truly outstanding organization!
I live in a small community. The woman are professionals,traditional religiously, kind, generous and good people. BUT most are lacking in religious introspection. JOFA has given me a venue where I can share my conflicts between Orthodoxy and my feminism. The conferences have shown me that there are many other women (and men) who feel as I do and validate my frustrations and encourage me to work through them. Their monthly and holiday bulletens and divrei torah have fed my intellect and encouraged my spirituality. I have used these lessons at the seder table, Friday night shabbat dinners, and in conversations as I walk the boardwalk. I now say the motzei and when applicable the Zimun, and read the siddur more carefully.