Education

EducationJOFA provides educational resources to teach about opportunities to expand the roles of women within the framework of halakha

The JOFA Journal offers editorials, scholarly articles, updates on topical issues in the Orthodox feminist community, book reviews and a calendar of events. 
All past issues are available for free on our website.

JOFA's Ta Shma Halakhic Source Guides provide women with the halakhic sources that explain why women are permitted to touch a Torah scroll, say Kiddush on Shabbat, and recite Kaddish. 

Women and Men in Communal Prayer: Halakhic Perspectives presents a halakhic justification for expanding the role of women in communal prayer services. This anthology, written by Rabbi Professor Daniel Sperber, Rabbi Mendel Shapiro, Professor Eliav Shochetman, and Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin, edited by Chaim Trachtman, represents an example of a vibrant dialogue between leading scholars on a current issue and highlights the dynamic nature of the halakhic process. 

JOFA's Megillat Esther App can be used to learn the trope for reading Megillat Esther. The app also includes instructions on how to organize a megillah reading, a halakhic discussion of the sources for women's reading of the megillah, a dvar Torah about the Book of Esther and more.

JOFA's Orthodox Jewish Women and Ritual Life Cycle Guides offer personal stories and suggestions from women who have been excluded from traditional lifecycle events. The guides illustrate how women can expand their roles in celebrating their daughters’ births and Bat Mitzvahs, participating in the Shabbat rituals at home, and in mourning loved ones.

JOFA's Bereishit and Shemot curricula promote gender sensitivity, encourage questions and utilize differentiated learning techniques.

JOFA also provides educational resources for the Jewish holidays which help communities enhance their holidays by bringing fresh perspectives to traditions, and offering suggestions for creating new forms of celebration.