By Chaya R. Gorsetman and Amy T. Ament
Reprinted from the Summer 2011 Jofa Journal
“One of the long term goals of early education is to strengthen and support children’s inborn tendencies to be curious and deeply engaged in making the best sense they can of their experiences.”1
Life in our modern Orthodox communities is changing. What might have been true about the role of women only a generation ago can no longer be taken for granted. Women are learning, consulting on halakha, taking active leadership roles sitting on shul boards, and taking on more mitzvot, such as insisting on hearing the shofar and sitting in a sukkah.
By Eden Farber
A crisp fall morning. A march of beautiful, resonating voices. Joyous celebratory dancing. Tears; tears of both simhah and longing for more. One Torah reading by women, for women.
For the first time ever, this year my shul held a for-women-by-women Torah reading for Simhat Torah. Practicing with the Torah the day before yom tov, I was excited to have the opportunity to leyn again—this was something I’ve done before and feel is one of my most connected religious experiences. Yet what made me emotional was not when I stood at...
JOFA Treasurer and Board Member Allie Alperovich received the honor of being “Kallat Bereishit” this year at her synagogue, Darkhei Noam,www.dnoam.org, on the holiday of Simchat Torah. Ms. Alperovich, 36, is an attorney at Ropes and Gray and mother of two who was named one of "36 under 36" Jewish leaders by the Jewish Week in 2011. She is an...
Prof. Rabbi Daniel Sperber promotes gender partnership in synagogue life at JOFA event at University of Pennsylvania
By Elana Sztokman
By Elana Maryles Sztokman
When I decided to take this job as Executive Director of JOFA, one of the most thrilling incentives for me was that I would have the opportunity to work with women whose work I have admired for so long. The image of standing on the shoulders of giants keeps returning to me, as I learn more about the organization and its powerful history of making change. To honor this truth, and to give the well-deserved respect to women whose dedication to gender advancement in Orthodox life built this organization, the staff and I have decided that we are going to use the space of the Spotlight Blog to profile the JOFA leadership. We started with JOFA treasurer Allie Alperovich, and we will continue to do...
This is a statement sent out by Kolech and Mavoi Satum in Israel about a mutual respect campaign.
Women's organizations to party leaders: "Do not support extortion during divorce proceedings"
30 organizations have sent a letter to political party leaders demanding legislation to prevent get refusal and extortion during divorce proceedings.
Yesterday thirty women's organizations led by "Mavoi Satum" and Kolech " asked all political party leaders to support a solution to get refusal during divorce proceedings in Israel. In a letter to party leaders the organizations suggested a way to avoid the phenomenon of extortion and get refusal by encouraging...
By Ilanna Newman
Earlier this month, a friend sent me a video by The Factuary called “What Do Feminists Have Left?” It argued that though we have come incredibly far in the last century, there are five things feminists in America have left to fight for: equal pay, access to reproductive care, greater media representation, an end to rape culture, and an end to microaggression. I hadn’t encountered the term microaggression before, so I delved into its history and broadened meaning. The term was coined in 2007 by the psychiatrist Chester M. Pierce and originally was used...
Deborah Weinberger and Beth Hurvitz: Pioneering Women Co-Presidents of Hebrew Institute of White Plains, NY
A cloud of secrecy surrounds the proceedings in Israel’s rabbinic courts. There is no requirement for accurate protocols of the sessions.
By Rachel Lieberman