By JOFA Staff
JOFA is to launch activities and programs in London. This follows the comprehensive JLC report entitled Inspiring Women Leaders: Advancing Gender Equality in Jewish Communal Life.
While only one element of the report focused on ritual participation for women, this issue received disproportionate attention from the women who attended the consultation meeting held on March 22, 2012. Numerous women raised the issue of their lack of participation in Orthodox ritual life and expressed their frustration that their voices were not being heard by the Orthodox rabbinic leadership.
One of the factors for this marginalization identified by JLC ‘s report is lack of in-depth knowledge of Jewish law in relation to women’s leadership roles within the community. It appears that despite the growing opportunities for women to engage in general Torah study there is not enough focus on halachic issues relating to the role of women in leadership positions and ritual involvement.
JOFA will seek to address this problem by supporting and facilitating educational programs for women and men focusing on Women and Jewish Law, encouraging greater participation of women in leadership positions and ritual life and creating a community of like-minded individuals committed to the values of Orthodox Judaism and Feminism.
Dina Brawer is JOFA’s designated UK representative.