Thu, 02/14/2013 - 12:00am -- JOFA

By Ilana Kurshan
   

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Tue, 02/12/2013 - 12:00am -- JOFA

By Rachel Lieberman

The Eruv and Jewish Community in New York and Beyond"All of women’s gains [in the Orthodox community] are attached to a piece of string attached to telephone poles.”—Blu Greenberg 

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance and the Yeshiva University Museum collaborated to present a fascinating panel discussion on the eruv’stransformation of women’s roles in the Jewish community. The panel followed a guided tour of the exhibit “It’s a Thin Line: the Eruv and the Jewish Community in...

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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 12:00am -- JOFA

Dr. Tamar FrankielDr. Tamar Frankiel, an accomplished and impressive Jewish scholar, was recently appointed President of the Academy for Jewish Religion in California (AJRCA), making her the first Orthodox woman to head a rabbinical college. The author of seven books on Jewish mysticism and religion, including one on women in Judaism titled, The Voice of Sarah: Feminine Spirituality and Traditional Judaism, Dr. Frankiel has an illustrious record of teaching and scholarship and is considered a leading expert on Jewish...

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Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:00am -- JOFA

By Elana Sztokman

Rabba Sara Hurwitz

Three years ago this month, Rabba Sara Hurwitz made history in the Jewish world by becoming the first publicly ordained female rabbi in the Orthodox community. Since then, the 35-year-old mother of three has been working as Dean of Yeshivat Maharat, an institution dedicated to training women Orthodox clergy, as well as working as Rabba at the ...

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Tue, 01/29/2013 - 12:00am -- JOFA

By Gavriel Brown

“I’m not a feminist.”

“So you don’t believe in equal opportunity or equal pay?” I ask. “Oh, but of course I do.”

This trope stings my ear whenever I hear it, and I hear it all too often. In my experience at Yeshiva University, feminism is treated as a pathology and feminists are labeled as liberal fanatics; admit to being a feminist, and you must be a bra-burning, man-hating lesbian or an emasculated weirdo. It is therefore not surprising that a vast majority of women (and men, but that goes without saying) don’t consider themselves feminists and many of the most committed, politically engaged and active student leaders at Stern College shy away from the term. This troubles me.

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Mon, 01/28/2013 - 12:00am -- JOFA

By Rabbi Zev Farberg

Partnership minyanim such as Shira Hadasha in Jerusalem and Darkhei Noam in New York, wherein women lead certain parts of the service, are becoming a significant force in the prayer experience of the Modern Orthodox community. Although these currently exist only in the biggest Jewish communities, they also exist on numerous college campuses, and as time goes on the phenomenon will probably expand. For some, like me, this is an exciting possibility. However, those in the Modern Orthodox camp who believe that women’s leadership of any part of the synagogue...

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Sun, 01/27/2013 - 12:00am -- JOFA

By Helyn Steppa

List Poem

My daughter has a heart of glass and someone’s bound to break it

My daughter knows her worth so she knows when someone takes it

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Wed, 01/23/2013 - 12:00am -- JOFA

Judy AbelJudy Abel, JOFA's VP of communications, is a seasoned journalist  and mother of three living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She also is the current president of the Yavneh Minyan, as well as one of its key founders. As part of the JOFA series on women's leadership and women women presidents, JOFA Executive Director Elana Sztokman asked Judy about her work as shulpresident and her vision of Orthodox women's leadership:

WHEN AND HOW DID YOU BECOME SHUL PRESIDENT?

I became the president of Kehilat Yavneh, which my husband,...

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Sat, 01/19/2013 - 12:00am -- JOFA

By Mona Berdugo

After almost half a year of learning the daf yomi I finally posted something about it on my Facebook status. Lately, Facebook has been extremely interested in knowing what's on my mind – so I told it that the discussion about Hebrew letters on that day's daf (Shabbat 104) reminded me of a children's song and now I can't get that song out of my head. The next thing I know, my good friend (in real life and on Facebook) Elana Sztokman, aka Executive Director of JOFA is asking me if I want to write a blog about my daf yomi experience! Wow. I haven't been hiding the fact that I'm doing thedaf from anyone, but I haven't exactly been advertising...

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Tue, 01/15/2013 - 12:00am -- JOFA

Elana Sztokman

Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman

There is more than one way to form a Jewish marriage. This was a central message emerging from a recent conference in Jerusalem called “New Understandings of Gender, Love and the Jewish Family,” co-sponsored by the VanLeer Jerusalem Institute, the Hadassah Brandeis Institute and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University entitled. The conference offered a...

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