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: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Washington DC at a regional conference and through personal friends and the Journal. I have studied with Aliza Sperling, Jennifer Breger and Laura Shaw Frank which pretty much says it all.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

The Ta Shma class that I gave on "Women touching the torah". It was Simchat Torah and after the class, those who had been reluctant now eagerly danced with the torah.

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

The intellectual honesty of the staff and volunteers, and their constant striving for a deeper spiritual connection to god.

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

helpful, professional, friendly, sincere, terrific.

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

1 Sponsor conferences across the world. 2 Write study guides for each weekly torah portion. 3 Conduct Webinair ta shma classes 4 Do more for agunot, pr, pay for toanot and lawyers. 5 more PR 6 write a more gender inclusive siddur.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

I can learn while sitting at work or home.

Ways to make it better...

I lived in NY!

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?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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