JOFA is a voice for Jewish women. Their support of scholarly work by women gives me resources to share with my students. JOFA conferences gave me the opportunity to learn more about how the Jewish community is addressing issues that affect me as a Jewish woman. JOFA's very existance testifies to the vitality of nurturing the next generation of Jewish women. In some way it empowered both me and my daughter so we could pursue and realize dreams of leadership in the Jewish community.
I have been involved with JOFA almost from the beginning because it was the only organization that met the needs of intellectual and bright women in Orthodox Judaism. It was also an excellent source for fightinig the battle to free women whose husbands refuse to give them a "Get". The resources, the contacts, and the intellect of the people involved was a major help for me on the West Coast to connect with like-minded, helpful individuals. There are not too many of those in California.
Just about every woman I meet who has jewish roots is in a lifelong quest of jewish learning. JOFA always comes up in our conversations. i.e. the JOFA Journals. Judaism is our core and JOFA has become a signpost in our days and a resource we can share with one another.
JOFA is leader in representing women and their interests in the orthodox and non-orthodox worlds. There is no comparable organization engaged in all issues