Staff Bios

Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, Executive Director
Sharon Weiss-Greenberg is the Executive Director of JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance).  She was recently named by the Jewish Forward as a "Forward 50" Jew of influence and by the Jewish Week as a person to watch as a "36 Under 36" honoree. Sharon has held a variety of professional roles including Director of Recruitment at Yeshivat Maharatand  Rosh Moshava (Head of Camp) at Camp Stone.  Sharon has served as the co-director and Orthodox adviser of the Orthodox Union Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Harvard Hillel and as the first Orthodox woman chaplain at Harvard University. She has taught at Yeshiva University High School for Girls, Yavneh Academy in New Jersey, and the Denver Academy of Torah High School. Sharon earned her doctorate at New York University in Education and Jewish Studies. She is an alumna of the Wexner Fellow/Davidson Scholarship graduate program. She studied Talmud and halakha at The Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. She received her Masters in Education B.A. in Sociology and Jewish History from Yeshiva University. Sharon can be reached at [email protected].

Shira Eliassian, Program Manager
Shira Eliassian graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College with a B.A. in English Literature. During her time at Barnard she served as gabbait for the Orthodox community, and then went on to help found the board of Jewish Women on Campus, where she served as both treasurer and Jewish Feminism Week Chair. Shira's coursework often reflected her combined passion for literature, religion, and feminism. For her senior thesis, she wrote about Song of Songs, exploring the presence of carnal language and imagery in this religious text. Shira can be reached at [email protected].

Pessy Katz, Program Manager
Pessy Katz is a graduate student at New York University where she is completing a dual master degree in Public Administration and in Judaic Studies. As an NYU Lisa E. Goldberg Fellow, Pessy co-founded and currently runs Agora, the NYU graduate student multi-faith group. Pessy was also a Dorot Fellow in Israel, during which time she  conducted a research project on "Modesty in the Lives of Muslim and Christian Women". She has served in administrative and educational capacities at SAR High School, Camp Szarvas, Sister to Sister, and in schools across Jewish denominations. Pessy graduated from Bais Yaakov of Boro Park High School and Lander College for Women, and has studied at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and at Drisha. Pessy can be reached at [email protected].

Karen Traube, Office Manager
Karen Traube graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Health and Human Sciences. Karen can be reached at [email protected]