JOFA

Rating: 4.74 stars   35 reviews

Issues: Women

Location: 520 Eighth Avenue 4th Floor New York NY 10018 USA

Mission: JOFA’s mission is to expand the spiritual, ritual, intellectual and political opportunities for women within the framework of halakha. We advocate meaningful participation and equality for women in family life, synagogues, houses of learning and Jewish communal organizations to the full extent possible within halakha. Our commitment is rooted in the belief that fulfilling this mission will enrich and uplift individual and communal life for all Jews.
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I attended an interesting and informative lecture; JOFA continues to provide me with important updates that are not so easily accesible on other sites.

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JOFA continues to provide me with important updates that pertain to every modern Orthodox woman, updates that are not so easily accesible with other nonprofits. Its truly one of a kind!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have found jofa to be an enlightened organizaton that strives to educate jews of all denominations and levels in various areas in a non -judgmental environment. As someone with a great number of expenses, I find Jofa fills a need in the Jewish community by providing many lectures free of charge and in different venues. When I requested Brooklyn lectures they responded positively, very unusual for a Jewish Organization with roots in Manhattan.

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

work to educate more Jews in non-traditional, non-judgmental manner, while empowering women in a way that men do not feel threatened.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Just about every woman I meet who has jewish roots is in a lifelong quest of jewish learning. JOFA always comes up in our conversations. i.e. the JOFA Journals. Judaism is our core and JOFA has become a signpost in our days and a resource we can share with one another.

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The JOFA Journals that come along with the arrival of each holiday are. things I've been able to share with an adult child who lives far from where I am living.

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The quality of the JOFA Journal is inspiring and affirming.

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

Any time I 've called the JOFA office I've been greeted with angels! That women can devote some of their time to JOFA is very meaningful.

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

I have had concerns about the disenfranchised women of judaism, the single one of all ages, and especially those who become aged without family or financial resources, facing day after day standing alone.

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I really do not know ...

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

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have experience volunteering for and being active in many Jewish organizations, as well as organiations with some feminist ideology. However, JOFA's turning to me in the year 2000 to ask me to lecture was only the first indication of the inclusivity of JOFA and its constant search for redefining needs of Jewish women. Since then I have been part of brainstorming, projects, conferences--at the same time as being active in other organizations. JOFA IS THE MOST MATURE of them all. There is ongoing development and reassesment of direction, with very wise decisioins being made--thus leading jewish women and answering their evolving needs.

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

the ability to develop from an organization in its "adolescence"--meaning strident, etc. to an organization which works cooperatively within the Jewish community, leading the way in a wise, mature manner.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

As an Orthodox woman, there are many issues that confront me. In my neighborhood in Philadelphia, some practices are maintained just because "it's always been done that way." Articles in JOFA publications give me a chance to ponder new ways for women to be involved in Jewish life, and decide how I feel about them. Many of the opinions I read are more liberal than my own, and I wish that women with a broader spectrum of outlooks were involved. I think the problem is, that women who are troubled by certain issues, nonetheless do not want to identify themselves as feminist, so they stay away. JOFA is a wonderful forum for scholarly divrei Torah by women. It has also done a huge amount to raise awareness of the agunah problem. I think that has encouraged some rabbis to come up with some creative solutions.

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

bring programming to more cities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

a great organization that highlights issues of Jewish women and practice in the traditional community. engaging, and crucial to ongoing dialogue!!!

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

in giving me crucial information on women's issues in the traditional Jewish community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have attended most of the JOFA conventions and always brought back important insights to my smaller community. Their classes and brochures help those of us outside the NYC area remain involved and informed about issues affecting women in the Jewish community.

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

feeling a part of a group who cares and works for women who are "chained" to vengeful spouses, a group who helps women engage within a patriarchal religious authority with knowledge and dignity, and seeing my own growth through their efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I live on the West Coast, far from NY, the most active center of Jewish learning. I very much appreciate receiving JOFA's drashot. I share them with family and friends at holiday gatherings. I work full-time, so the arrival by email of the drashot fits in with my day and is always a highlight.

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

I can learn while sitting at work or home.

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I lived in NY!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Jofa – (Jewish orthodox feminist alliance) promoted Jewish women's status in many aspects of life. It is the greatest and largest women organization which created a sisterhood empowering thousands of women in US as well as the entire world to know their rights and fight for them. Through the serious work and discussions of Jofa – women got the knowledge and power that enabled them changing there status in there respective communities. Its fights to speak out loud against domestic violence, sexual abuse, the need to change the legal status of women in courts, as well as neglecting the respect and status women deserve – caused a major changes in homes, families and communities, Its impact is far beyond US. We, orthodox women in Israel established Kolech – a similar organization of thousands members and we promote all these ideas, thanks to the power we got from Jofa.

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

spreading the ideas and issues in Jewish communities

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

knowing that we have network of great women all over the world

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

Organizators of Jofa conferences and the chair of Jofa

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

Spread its ideas in schools, communities, empower women during their fights in rabbinical courts, help women learn and become Rabbis and much more...

Ways to make it better...

Stronger connections were created between Jofa and parallel organizations abroad, like Kolech in Israel

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

getting more women and men idetify with the ideas and working for them

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

add a star members are participatory, knowledgeable lecturers are incredible also functions as a network eg International Scholar personally supplied me with research material otherwise unobtainable due to copyright issues (his own writing). magazine fills real needs, not advertising

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

US & ISRAEL home (daughters participated) friends relatives highly respected conference speakers

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

meetings are run democratically

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

INVOLVED

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

have a MAJOR conference in JERUSALEM

Ways to make it better...

more men CHOSE to participate

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

ALIYOT (they lost a major member this July)

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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