Press Releases

Statement in response to the "Contraceptives Mandate"
october 10, 2017

JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, is dismayed by the US department of Health and Humans Services rule to expand conscientious exemptions from the Health Care Law’s “Contraceptives Mandate.”  While we appreciate and support the desire to afford freedoms to all religious groups to worship and observe as their creeds dictate, we lament that the first steps taken are so often on the backs of women, particularly poor women,  and their ability to make decisions about their own families and reproductive rights.  Read more>
 

JOFA (Jewish Feminist Orthodox Alliance) HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF AMERICA’S TOP 50 INNOVATIVE JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS

June 6, 2017

JOFA has been named one of North America’s top 50 innovative Jewish organizations in the twelfth annual Slingshot Guide. Read more>

 

Statement in response to the campus rape comments issued by rabbi steven pruzansky

April 13, 2016

JOA is calling on the participants of a one-day educational conference scheduled to take place at Bnai Yeshurun in late June to withdraw their participation unless the venue is changed or Pruzansky, one of the featured speakers, is forced to withdraw. Read more>

JOFA WELCOMES NEW BOARD PRESIDENT DR. BAT SHEVA MARCUS

September 24, 2015
Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus has been named president of the JOFA board of directors,succeeding Judy Heicklen who served in the role for the past five years. Read more>

Press Release: JOFA Announces Mikvah Best Practices

November 18, 2014
JOFA has compiled a list of Mikvah Best Practices that various Orthodox and community mikvaot currently have in place. It is our hope that in sharing this list of Mikvah Best Practices we can encourage all mikvaot to move towards meeting these standards. Read more >

STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO AFTERMATH OF RECENT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST R' BARRY FREUNDEL

October 24, 2014
The recent events that have taken place have affected all of us.  We stand with the victims of rabbinic abuse and applaud Kesher Israel for taking swift action to address concerns of further abuse.  Now is not a time to point fingers, it is a time for proactive movement towards a united and safe community. Read more >

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 >