Stories from the Trenches: 18 Years of Change and Challenges as JOFA Presidents
Wednesday, October 21, 8:30-9:30 pm EDT
Change doesn't always come easy. As we celebrate 18 years of how far JOFA has come and where we are going, we are eager to hear some of the inside stories from those who led the charge. Join us as our new Board President, Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, grills our past presidents on the good, the bad and the ugly. They will share the challenges, triumphs, and lessons learned along the way. Submit a question for our panelists by filling out this form.
Blu Greenberg, Founding President
Carol Kaufman Newman, Past President
Judy Heicklen, Past President
Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, New President, Moderator
Blu Greenberg, JOFA’s founding President, has been involved in Jewish feminism for four decades. She was Conference Chair of both the first and the second International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy. She chaired the NY Federation Task Force on Jewish Women and the AJC National Jewish Family Center, and was president of the Jewish Book Council. Dialogue is another long standing passion of hers, and she has participated in various inter- and intra-faith projects. Blu serves on the editorial board of Hadassah Magazine and the advisory board of Lilith. Recently, her papers were archived at the Schlesinger Library, Cambridge, Mass. Her books include On Women and Judaism: A View From Tradition, How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household, and Black Bread: Poems After the Holocaust. She is married to Rabbi Irving Greenberg and they have five children and 22 grandchildren.
Judy Heicklen earned a BA in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. She is a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and the mother of two daughters and a son. Judy served as the President of JOFA's Board of Directors from September 2010 to September 2015.
Bat Sheva Marcus is one of JOFA’s original founders and has been a member of the board of directors since its inception in 1997. She has spearheaded numerous JOFA initiatives including serving as chair of the 2013 international conference, developing JOFA’s Chatan and Kallah Teacher Training Workshop and co-hosting the currently trending popular Jewish Podcast, The Joy of Text. Bat Sheva currently serves on the board of Minyan Shachar in Riverdale, and is a past board member of HIR and the Women’s Tefillah Network. Bat Sheva is a founder and the Clinical Director of The Medical Center for Female Sexuality, which is one of the largest centers of its kind in North America, helping women navigate a wide variety of sexual issues. Bat Sheva earned her PhD in Human Sexuality at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. She also holds a Master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, a Master’s in public health from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and a Master’s in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Bat Sheva has lectured internationally on women’s issues and has been a guest on numerous radio and television broadcasts including Huffington Post Live, MSNBC Crystal Clear, Business Insider, and local programming. She was recently profiled in a feature in The New York Times Magazine, in which she was dubbed “the Orthodox sex guru.” Her work has also been covered by Time magazine and Westchester Magazine and other of local publications.
Carol Kaufman Newman has been on the Board of JOFA since its inception in 1997 and served as President from 2003 to 2010. Long a standard-bearer in championing women's rights and education initiatives in Orthodox Judaism, she was the founding president of the Drisha Institute of New York. She was also a founder of the Women's Tefillah Group of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, and was on the board and served as treasurer of the Women's Tefillah Network. Carol Kaufman Newman holds an MA in Museum Educaton from Bank Street College of Education. For a number of years she ran the education/docent program at The Yeshiva University Museum of New York.
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