Campus Leaders Shabbaton


Join us for Shabbat Parashat Beshalach, January 30-February 1, 2015.
Hebrew Institute of Riverdale - The Bayit, 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway East, Bronx, NY

REGISTER NOW for a Shabbaton geared towards college students who are passionate about advocating for Orthodox Feminism on campus. This event is open to women and men who are undergraduate students. The shabbaton will be a great opportunity for Orthodox feminists from different campuses to come together, meet each other, network, learn more about JOFA and Orthodox feminism, and discuss ways to create change on their campuses. All students who attend the JOFA shabbaton will be eligible to apply for micro-grants to support programming on their campuses for the Spring Semester of 2015. Housing and meals will be provided. This program is open to women and men who will be enrolled in an undergraduate program as of January 30, 2015. Registration Fee: $50/person


Why attend?

  • Meet, network, and strategize with like-minded Orthodox feminist college students from a variety of campuses.

  • Learn more about Orthodox feminism from JOFA’s founder, Blu Greenberg, JOFA’s Executive Director, Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, and other thought leaders in the field.

  • Develop strategies for navigating communal politics that you can apply to your campus and future communities.

  • Articulate your vision for Orthodox feminism on campus, and work with other students and professionals to brainstorm how to shift the culture on campus closer to your vision.

  • Qualify for microgrants of up to $200 to implement Orthodox feminist programming on your campus in the Spring 2015 semester.

Click here for Full Schedule! 

Schedule at a Glance (subject to change)
Register for the Shabbaton in order to help us shape the schedule

All participants should plan to stay in Riverdale through 12:30 pm on Sunday, February 1. Please do not make travel plans before the conclusion of the programming.


Friday, January 30, 2015
2:00 pm    Registration at HIR, go to hosts

4:52 pm    Candle lighting

6:15 pm    Communal Dinner with HIR Community

7:30 pm    Advocating for Change, and Lessons Learned for Navigating 21st Century Communal Politics, panel featuring JOFA leaders and leaders from the Riverdale community. Speakers: Blu Greenberg, Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, and Dan Perla, moderated by Anat Barber

9 pm         Oneg for Shabbaton Participants 
                Sicha: Navigating Community Politics on Campus

Saturday, January 31, 2015
8:30 am        Shacharit and Musaf at HIR
                  Traditional Shacharit and Women's Tefillah options are both available

12:00 pm      Shul Kiddush

12:30 pm      Text Study: Topic TBA

1:15 pm        Lunch

2:30 pm        Women's Leadership and Yeshivat Maharat, with Yeshivat Maharat students Bracha Jaffe, Anat Sharbat, and Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

3:55 pm        Engaging Men in Feminism, facilitated by Rav Steven Exler

5:55 pm        Shabbat ends

7:30 pm        FroYo Meet Up at Menchie's

8:30 pm        What is your vision of Orthodox feminism on campus, and how do you bring it to fruition?

Sunday, February 1, 2015
8:30 am     Shacharit at HIR

9:30          Breakfast

10 am        Orthodox Feminism Hasbara

12:30 pm   Good Bye!


Registration and Travel Stipends



We’re so excited that you will be joining us at the Shabbaton! We want to extend the energy and momentum beyond the Shabbaton, and keep it going on your campus all spring long! Therefore, all Shabbaton participants will be eligible to apply for $200 micro-grants towards Orthodox feminist programming on your campus in the Spring 2015 semester. For example, these funds could be use used to subsidize marketing supplies and refreshments for a chaburah about women in the Talmud, to cover the transportation costs or speaking fees of a female Scholar-in-Residence, or to sponsor Kiddush after a women’s megillah reading, or a partnership minyan on campus. The sky’s the limit! Tell us what your innovative idea is for campus, and JOFA will help you fund it!
We will discuss further eligibility requirements and application processes at the Shabbaton.


Get Involved!

You are what will make the Shabbaton an amazing experience! We want your input! Help us shape the programming and structure of the weekend by suggesting a discussion topic or ice breaker, volunteering to give a d’var Torah, lead zimmun, or a discussion over Shabbat. Share your ideas with us on the registration form, or by emailing [email protected].