Press Releases

JOFA Hires New Executive Director

September 16, 2014
JOFA is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg as Executive Director. Read more >

For Immediate Release: JOFA Conference Set to Tackle Social Changes in Orthodoxy

October 2013
The Orthodox community will be addressing the issue of “slut-shaming” for the first time in a large public forum at the upcoming International Conference of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. This is one of many new topics based on social and cultural changes in Orthodoxy that will be tackled at the JOFA conference, which will actively explore the many innovative adaptations of Orthodox women and men working to create a more gender- inclusive religious community. Read more >

JOFA is Proud of Rabbi Asher Lopatin and Ashamed of the Rabbis Denouncing Him

October 2013
A group of Orthodox rabbis recently made a statement supposedly on behalf of the Orthodox community. We would like to make it clear that despite their pronouncements, they do not speak for us. In fact, we find their letter to be an embarrassment to the religion that they claim to represent. Read more >

JOFA Statement About the Arrest of Rabbis Using Violence to Force Men to Grant Their Wives a Gett

October 2013
Recent news stories regarding divorces being obtained through violent and criminal means have caused concern about how the Orthodox community is dealing with agunot, women chained in unwanted marriages. JOFA responds to these concerns. Read more >

JOFA’s Zelda Stern to Invest in First Clergy position for Yeshivat Maharat Graduate at D.C.’s National Synagogue

May 2013

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) and Yeshivat Maharat have jointly paved the way for a member of the first graduating class of Yeshivat Maharat to begin her career as a full member of the clergy at Ohev Sholom-The National Synagogue in Washington, D.C.  Leading feminist philanthropist and JOFA board member Zelda R. Stern will partially underwrite this new position for Ruth Balinsky Friedman, a graduate of Yeshivat Maharat, who begins her tenure at Ohev Sholom beginning in July 2013. Read more >

JOFA Launches Torah Lending Program for Girls & Women

May 2013

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) announces the launch of the Joan S. Meyers Memorial Torah Lending Program. Through this innovative initiative, girls and women in the tristate area will be able to borrow a Sefer Torah to use in ritual prayer settings for events such as bat mitzvahs, engagements, marriages, births, Rosh Chodesh, and other milestones. Read more >