Second Annual JOFA UK Conference
SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014
Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus
Thank you to the over 150 people who joined us for a spectacular event!
Watch the entire conference on the JOFA UK vimeo channel!
|9:30 AM||Registration & Coffee|
Dina Brawer, JOFA’s UK Ambassador
|10:15AM - 11:15AM||
HOW TO MAKE YOUR VOICE COUNT
Blu GreenbergWhy is it important that we hear women’s voices? Do women speak in a way that conforms to cultural expectations? Can speaking up change expectations and transform a culture?
|11:15AM - 11:30AM||Coffee Break|
|11:30AM - 12:30PM||
ON BECOMING TZELEM ELOKIM (IMAGE Of GOD)
A Covenantal Approach For Men and Women
Rabbi Dr Yitz GreenbergThe present conflict within Orthodoxy over feminism and the role of women reflects a struggle, shared by men and women, to find a halachic language (and mechanisms) to achieve a universal respect for the image of God of men and women, of Jews and Gentiles, of the able and the disabled. This talk will seek to articulate the struggle and explore whether the covenantal process can move forward in our time.
|12:30PM - 13:00PM||Lunch Break|
|13:00PM - 14:30 PM||
Session Three WOMEN’S VOICES IN CONTEXT
First hand perspectives on using one’s voice and its effect
Moderator: Maureen Kendler
Women’s voices in ritual context:
Finding my voice again: Tania Arden
Communal prayer: Yolanda Pieters
Women’s voices in life cycle events:
Becoming Bat Mitzvah: Lucy Weiniger
Under The Chuppah: Karin Shmueli & David Kaufman
In Mourning: Suzanne Weiniger
Women’s voices in the community:
The Unspeakable: Naomi Dickson,
Being Silenced: Miriam Kliers
Speaking Up: Rebecca Filer
|14:30PM - 15:00PM||
Conference Closing: Lindsay Simmonds
Special Program for Students
Pre-Conference Events - Shabbat 21 June
- Prof Tamar Ross will be discussing 'Theological Challenges of Orthodox Feminism'
- Hosted by Lindsay Simmonds - Edgware
- Rabbi Dr Yitz & Blu Greenberg will be discussing 'The Future of Modern Orthodoxy'
- Hosted by Kehillat Nashira - Borehamwood
Featuring International Keynote Speakers:
- How can we invite women to add their voices to Torah study and ritual?
- How does language shape our perception and realities of Judaism?
- How can we create a richer, more exciting and more meaningful Judaism for women and men?
Blu Greenberg has long been active in Jewish feminism and is the founder of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. She has also been deeply involved in interfaith dialogue during the past five decades. Her books include On Women and Judaism, How to Run A Traditional Jewish Household, and Black Bread; Poems After the Holocaust. She and Rabbi Greenberg are the parents of five children and 23 grandchildren, four of whom currently serve in combat roles in the IDF.
Rabbi Dr Yitz (Irving ) Greenberg is an influential theologian and an activist who has been a seminal thinker on the Holocaust as a turning point in Jewish and Western culture and on the State of Israel as the Jewish assumption of power and the beginning of a new era in Jewish history. A pioneer in Holocaust education and commemoration and in the Jewish Christian dialogue which sought to revise theology after the Shoah, he has written extensively on the ethics of Jewish power and on religious and cultural pluralism. He served as Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council from 2000–2002. He is currently writing a comprehensive theology of Judaism as the religion of tikkun olam seeking to perfect the world.