JOFA has compiled information about Orthodox synagogue practices relating to women.
The goal of this project is twofold:
1) To serve as a reference for Orthodox synagogues who are considering incorporating innovations pertaining to women into their synagogue practice.
2) To serve as a resource for individuals seeking to join a synagogue.
JOFA recognizes that it is not only specific practices that create a welcoming environment for women in synagogue, rather, it is an overarching value of being as inclusive of women as possible in both tangible and intangible ways.
Please note: JOFA is not associated with any of the synagogues referenced below and provides the information based on data received from individuals with first-hand knowledge regarding the practices of the synagogues. JOFA does not do independent research into the accuracy of the information about the synagogues.
We encourage readers to contact synagogues directly for further information about their practices with respect to women. We also encourage rabbis and/or members of the synagogues listed herein to update JOFA if and when practices in your synagogue change so that our website can most accurately reflect the current practices. Additionally, we welcome submissions related to other synagogues to expand our database of synagogue practices.
Click here to view the SYNAGOGUE PRACTICES GRID as a public googleDoc to compare practices among synagogues.
Please note that Women's Tefillah Groups and Partnership Minyanim are listed separately.
Click here for a listing of Partnership Minyanim
If you would like information about your synagogue added to the JOFA website, or have questions about this project, please contact JOFA at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Please provide the following information, and be as detailed as possible:
- Synagogue Name
- Religious Leader, Website, Email, Phone, Address
- Women in Leadership Positions (Board officers, Board president, or professional religious positions)
- Women Speaking from the Amud
- Women's Ritual Participation (passing Torah to women's section, women saying birkhat hagomel, prayer for agunot, mother's names in misheberach or aliyot)
- Women Reciting Kaddish
- Women's Tefillah Group, Women's Kriyat HaTorah or Megillah
- Celebration of Life Cycle Events (life cycle events for women such as Bat Mitzvah or Shalom Bat; Inclusion of mothers in celebration of son's life cycle events)
- Women's Participation in Holiday Rituals/Services
- Mechitzah Structure
- Childcare Available During Services