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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
I attended an interesting and informative lecture; JOFA continues to provide me with important updates that are not so easily accesible on other sites.
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.
a great organization that highlights issues of Jewish women and practice in the traditional community. engaging, and crucial to ongoing dialogue!!!