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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EIN 52-2106560
212-679-8500
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

sharing Orthodoxy and Feminism.

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

Very little

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

Fresh thinking, great knowledge, personal stories.

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

Knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

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

send speakers to many smaller communities and reach female Jewish college students (a relatively untapped resource for them).

Ways to make it better...

More of their events took place outside of New York/Boston, etc.

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

Tilt to the right in Orthodoxy

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?

2009-9-01

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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

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?

2009-9-01

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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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