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.
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

JOFA fills an important role in the Jewish world by striving to bridge the gap between men and women in traditional Judaism while understanding the importance of tradition and the slow processes of change within that tradition.

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

Growing numbers of partnership minyanim around the country and the world.

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

The JOFA conference in February 2007. Unfortunately I won't be able to attend this year's conference.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

JOFA's newsletters and on-line insights are very informative. Conferences are a great learning experience and provide a forum for networking otherwise not available.

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

a supportive role to Orthodox Jewish women who would like to be recognized for our contribution as leaders, teachers and advisors to the entire Jewish community.

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

it's progressive stance, while being true to Orthodox Judaism.

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

dedicated and motivated to bring about change for Orthodox women

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

Create a well endowed school to promote the role of women in Orthodox Judaism.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

attending their conferences and their newsletters

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?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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

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)

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-1-01

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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.

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

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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Role: General Member of the Public
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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Role: General Member of the Public
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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