JOFA Conference 2017

January 14th at the Kraft Center (606 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027)

January 15th at Lerner Hall (2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027)

The Columbia / Barnard Hillel is a proud sponsor of this year’s JOFA Conference and the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life will be hosting our Saturday night programming. 

Registration is now closed and walk-ins are asked to arrive early on Saturday and Sunday to register, and please scroll down for more information. 

The JOFA Conference, held every three years, is the premier destination for over 1,000 supporters of Orthodox feminism to celebrate, strategize, share best practices, and set the direction for innovation and impact in the organized Jewish community. The JOFA Conference explores the intersection of our feminist ideals with critical facets of our halakhic lives and religious experiences, including race, sexuality, family, and political structures. This year’s theme “Charting Your Course,” focuses on empowering individuals and communities to navigate paths to make real progress. 

  • Saturday Night Programming - When registering, don't forget to sign up for a great Saturday night conference program!  The program will be held at the Kraft Center, 606 W. 115th Street.

  • High School Track - Join teens from around the country for special closed sessions exclusive for high school students! Special sessions are Feminism, Halakha and Tradition with Rabbi Lila Kagedan and Sexuality and Tzniut with Ora Weinbach and Simon Fleischer.   Register as a High School student today!

  • Shabbat JOFA - Join the JOFA community for Shabbat prior to the conference, January 14th, Parshat Vayechi. 

  • College Leader's Shabbaton - If you're a college student, join JOFA, Yeshivat Maharat, and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah for a special pre-conference leadership Shabbaton.  

  • Educational Cohort - This year, we will pilot a track to provide educational cohorts with the chance to participate in a half-day program about inclusion and policy setting for gay constituents in Orthodox learning institutions.  Learn more about how to join with your Day School. 

  • Women's Leadership Initiative Post-Conference Convention - Calling all women in, or training for, Jewish communal positions to join us for a special day-long program on the day after the conference. 




Click here for the conference schedule of sessions and speakers! 

Registration is now closed! Walk-ins are asked to arrive early on Saturday and Sunday to register.

Admission to the conference includes dinner on Saturday night and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Childcare options will also be available for $25 per child. (Children must be 3-10 years old.)

ADULT Advanced Purchase At the Door
Full Conference $120 $135
Sunday Only $105 $115
Saturday Night Only $30 $35
STUDENT* Advanced Purchase At the Door
Full Conference $60 $75
Sunday Only $50 $60
Saturday Night Only $20 $25

*College students interested in participating in the College Leaders Shabbaton can find out more information here!

** Middle school students are welcome to attend the conference in the company of an adult.  Sessions which are content-appropriate will be marked on the program booklet.  In addition, middle schoolers will be able to meet up with each other at a separate lunch table.  A donation of $18 per student is suggested. 

Group and Traveler's Discount Opportunities:

Become a Sponsor of the Conference

Sponsorship Levels 
  • $50,000 - Founder
  • $36,000 - Benefactor 
  • $25,000 - Builder 
  • $18,000 - Guardian 
  • $10,000 - President’s Circle, Plenary Sponsor 
  • $5,000 - Sustainer, Track Sponsor 
  • $3,600 - Supporter 
  • $2,500 - Education Cohort School Sponsor 
  • $1,800 - Donor, Session Sponsor 
  • $1,000 - Advocate, Listed Sponsor of the Conference
  • $360 - Friend  

Contributions of $10,000 and above will be invited to become members of the President’s Circle, be listed as sponsors of the plenary, and receive 4 complimentary tickets to the conference. Contributions of $5,000 and above will be listed as sponsors of a track and receive 2 complimentary tickets to the conference. All contributions above $5,000 will receive a newly released copy of our Festschrift that is being launched at the conference in honor of Blu Greenberg.

Interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor of the JOFA Conference? Click here for more information!