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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Women, Womens Studies

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.

Programs: Jofa seeks to expand the spiritual, ritual, intellectual, and political opportunities for women and advocates for their meaningful participation to the full extent possible within the framework of jewish law via newsletters, manuals, conferences, workshops and articles.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Innovative and compelling programs in general. Leadership amongst Orthodox women. Always good movies and panel discussions. Awesome literature to supplement study around the holidays too:)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am not Orthodox, but it has helped me learn to chant Megillah Ester by providing a CD ram. Also, it has sent booklets and thoughts for Pesach and offers more services than I need to or can utlize. I am so proid of their Agunah service, although I do not need that help. I found them while seeking the Megillah, and it has been worthwhile being involved as a recipient. I DO FEEL A BIT GUILTY ABOUT NOT BEING ORTHODOX, BUT THEY DO NOT JUDGE ME.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

JOFA is a unique organization in the Jewish community. It provides intellectual, emotional and spiritual support and refreshment to Jewish women who are both committed to Jewish tradition and practice and also engaged with the larger world. The conferences, publications and speakers are of the highest quality. It is a truly outstanding organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As an Orthodox woman living in a smaller and less diverse Jewish community, JOFA is my connection to people, information, and resources that nourish my soul, replenish my spirit, and stimulate my intellect as a woman seeking opportunities for serious engagement with our texts, traditions, and rituals. From the thoughtful drashes for the Chagim by learned female scholars, to the halachic resources on the JOFA website detailing the contours of a partnership minyan, to JOFA's advocacy on behalf of agunot (women whose husbands refuse to provide a divorce), JOFA is a crucial voice for our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have found jofa to be an enlightened organizaton that strives to educate jews of all denominations and levels in various areas in a non -judgmental environment. As someone with a great number of expenses, I find Jofa fills a need in the Jewish community by providing many lectures free of charge and in different venues. When I requested Brooklyn lectures they responded positively, very unusual for a Jewish Organization with roots in Manhattan.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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