JOFA

Rating: 4.74 stars   35 reviews

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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.
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EIN 52-2106560
212-679-8500
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Excellent. Most valuable to me is the annual conference - I learn alot and meet a community of people with similar perspectives and concerns.

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Bought prayerbook on recommendation of JOFA, has added meaning to my prayers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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

Change the experience of families and women in traditional Judaism. Provide a voice of reason and moderation in Orthodoxy.

Ways to make it better...

More local events - almost all of them are in NYC.

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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?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

The JOFA provides a very important service to the Jewish community. I found their website to be extremely informative, including free in-depth articles on many important aspects of Jewish religious life for women (covering hair, etc.) They included a range of opinions (not just one perspective) and this was very valuable because this kind of information (in-depth discussion of Jewish law for women on topics like hair covering, birth control etc._ isn't readily available to Orthodox women. I discovered a wealth of information on various issues relevant to me as a feminist living within the Orthodox community. I also very much appreciate the work that they are doing on behalf of Agunas and other Jewish women trapped by abusive men hiding behind Jewish law.

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

do a tremendous amount to help oppressed women within the Orthodox Jewish community, including women whose husbands have disappeared and women whose husbands won't give them proper divorce.

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: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

JOFA has been a great educational, religious, and community resource for me, as well as a source of strength and inspiration since I attended their second conference in New York in 1998 as a college sophomore. As a liberal Orthodox Jewish woman, the challenge to remain true to my religion, but also to myself and my values is a constant struggle. JOFA has provided me and many others with a forum in which to discuss some of the more challenging issues, and a place to meet others facing the same tough decisions! I always leave a JOFA event feeling better about my choices in life, and connected to those in my community. They are a unique voice in the Orthodox community and one that is greatly appreciated.

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

the sense of community and common purpose it provides; its great website and the fascinating women I have met at the conferences!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

JOFA is leader in representing women and their interests in the orthodox and non-orthodox worlds. There is no comparable organization engaged in all issues

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

By seeing their outreachj and leadershoip in hot issues like women rabbis

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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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have found JOFA to be a wonderful organization. They do important work in advancing fuller participation by women within a halachic Jewish framework.

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

Their annual conference, at which I've heard different speakers discuss aspects of feminism in halachic Jewish life.

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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