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October 15, 2009

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October 15, 2009

I don't have any one special experience with JOFA. I have attended their conferences from the start and find them to be dedicated, bright women from a variety of backgrounds who are looking to help women all over the world find their religious Jewish voice--and ways to express it. It is comforting to have somewhere to turn to as a resource and support.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending their conferences and their newsletters

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fascinating variety of committed, knowledgeable women I have met

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, bright, committed and open

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

advertise more, publish more works of women and the situation of religious women; put a lot of pressure on the religious community to do something about the horrible situation of agunot

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 15, 2009

Jofa has an excellent Newsletter which keeps their donors informed and inspired. There is a creative spirit to this organization that gives you a feeling of vibrancy and deep caring about their mission. I am a proud beneficiary of Jofa's enthusiasm and dedication and thoughtfulness to this most important cause.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well informed and truly dedicated to the mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spread the word of Jewish Orthodox Female participation in Jewish life to even a larger audience and effect changes more expeditiously for the greater good

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 15, 2009

JOFA has made me feel: empowered, optimistic, spiritually engaged, uplifted and happy to be alive during this time of jewish feminism. It has helped me parent my son as well as my daughter, and has facilitated my own participation in a gratifying life of jewish observance and prayer

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Amazing lectures, shiurim, holiday divrei torah and the feeling of belonging to something powerful and world-changing.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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October 15, 2009

JOFA has served an essential role in my personal and religious growth. I attended my first conference while in college, 2003, and the organization's philosophy and passion has guided me ever since. I am grateful to the founders, scholars, and leaders that contribute to the way I think about myself as an orthodox Jewish woman. Specifically, JOFA has shown films such as "Tehora" and "Mekudeshet," which spurred fascinating conversations with articulate panelists. I have come to see issues such as family law and divorce law from a new, more critical perspective. I enjoy reading the journals and the holiday publications that JOFA sends out. I find the content stimulating, and I am impressed by the authors' scholarship. I organized an interfaith panel of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian woman for the 2007 tenth anniversary international conference to discuss their experiences as feminists in their religious communities. I found this planning experience exciting, and I learned a great deal about broader issues for religious women across faiths. My hope for JOFA is that it will continue to thrive and to strengthen the voice of orthodox women in the Jewish community and beyond. Having recently moved away from New York, I hope that JOFA will continue to create programming for other communities in the country.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Enthusiastic, organized, passionate, efficient, and vibrant!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 15, 2009

I have been involved with JOFA almost from the beginning because it was the only organization that met the needs of intellectual and bright women in Orthodox Judaism. It was also an excellent source for fightinig the battle to free women whose husbands refuse to give them a "Get". The resources, the contacts, and the intellect of the people involved was a major help for me on the West Coast to connect with like-minded, helpful individuals. There are not too many of those in California.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

arranging and lecturing at a JOFA conference on Premarital AGreements in Los Angeles, and accessing their website and services for clients--I've also helped clients referred to me by members of the Board.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The Jewish education and Talmudic knowledge of the members is astounding--having been unable to obtain such an education through the chasidic and other religious girls' schools I attended, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge from the members.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fabulous--and very helpful. I could always obtain whatever resource I needed from them

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make this world a much better place for Orthodox women.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 15, 2009

JOFA provides a thrilling and unusual sense of community for Orthodox Jewish women and families who are also committed to the values of feminism.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic and responsive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 15, 2009

JOFA is an organization that is based around the assumption that just because Judaism proscribes certain gender roles, that does not mean women have to be second class citizens. As an Orthodox woman who is studying to be a leader, I very much appreciate JOFA's thoughtfulness and commitment to furthering important conversations in the community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The fact that people are now seriously considering the idea that women can be Orthodox rabbis.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 14, 2009

My deepest ongoing experience is as a reader of the JOFA Journal and a person using their printed resources (unique in the field) downloaded from the Internet, and JOFA's excellent website. JOFA printed materials give thoughtful, informed info not available anywhere else. Whenever I've contacted JOFA staff, they've been absolutely wonderful.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in using their insightful publications for my writing for Lilith magazine on feminist funerals.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The depth of their knowledge and intelligence.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I spoke with the editor of the Journal and founder Blu Greenberg.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be effective in organizing more conferences, having more, better paid staff in reaching more women (and men).

Ways to make it better...

I suggested the journal add a table of contents and they were already planning that for their next issue.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

having the resources to reach many more women (and men)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 14, 2009

As an Orthodox woman living in a smaller and less diverse Jewish community, JOFA is my connection to people, information, and resources that nourish my soul, replenish my spirit, and stimulate my intellect as a woman seeking opportunities for serious engagement with our texts, traditions, and rituals. From the thoughtful drashes for the Chagim by learned female scholars, to the halachic resources on the JOFA website detailing the contours of a partnership minyan, to JOFA's advocacy on behalf of agunot (women whose husbands refuse to provide a divorce), JOFA is a crucial voice for our community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being part of the network of individuals and organizations belonging to this organization. When I need information, I have resources to consult. I need not feel like I am the only person sharing the concerns I have.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 14, 2009

The JOFA conference's high school program allowed us to return to our high school and begin serious and valuable reflection on issues like sexual harassment and gender inequality within our Yeshiva High School's walls. The openness allowed was due to the legitimacy provided by the JOFA conference. We were able to have a school-wide Shabbaton dedicated to the theme of sexual harassment, for some a very shocking, but ultimately very rewarding experience.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

smart, dedicated, and firery

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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