Conference FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


1. How do I register for the JOFA Conference?

Click here to complete the online registration form for the JOFA Conference.You can also register by mail or phone. Each participant must register separately.


2. What are the registration options? What is included in each option?

The JOFA Conference takes place on Saturday night, December 7 and Sunday December 8. Saturday night will be an evening of the performing arts, featuring female artists, and Sunday will be a full day of lectures and workshops on Orthodox feminist issues.


You can register for the full conference, or individually for Saturday night or Sunday.

Registration for Saturday night includes light refreshments.

Registration for Sunday includes, breakfast, lunch and a special give-away. Subsidized babysitting is available for an additional charge of $20 per child.



Full Conference: Saturday night and Sunday

Includes Sat. night refreshments, Sun. breakfast and lunch and give-away

Register Online
Before 12/2

At the Door




               Students & Under 30 (with ID)



Sunday Only

Includes breakfast, lunch and give-away





                Students & Under 30 (with ID)



Saturday Night Only

Includes light refreshments





                  Students & Under 30 (with ID)





3. How can I register a group for the JOFA Conference?

Please call the office at 212-679-8500 or email [email protected] for more details and to access the group registration form. 

Groups of 5 or more are eligible for a 15% discount. All groups must pre-register. Group discounts are NOT available at the door.  Further discounts are also available for groups of 20 or more.


4. Where is the JOFA Conference taking place?

The JOFA Conference will take place at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), New York, NY 10019.


5. How do I get to John Jay College?

Nearest subways are: 1, A, B, C, D at 59th Street-Columbus Circle, or N,Q,R at 57th Street-7th Avenue. Use for more detailed directions via public transportation.

Parking garages are located directly across from the college entrance.

6. What are the sponsorship options?

Registration fees alone are not sufficient to cover the costs of running The JOFA Conference. Your contribution to JOFA will help underwrite the event and will enable as many people as possible to participate. This year we are making a special effort to enable young adults and students to attend. All contributions above the fees for your registration are deductible to the extent permitted by law.  Donations over $500 will be recognized in print at the conference. For further sponsorship opportunities, please call the JOFA office at 212-679-8500.


7. Can I alter my registration information after registering for the conference?

Yes. If you need to alter your registration information, please call 212-679-8500 or email [email protected].


8. Is my conference ticket refundable?

No. Unfortunately, conference registration fees are non-refundable.


9. Can I register by mail or by phone?

Yes-If you prefer to register or make your donation over the phone, please call 212-679-8500.

If you prefer to register by mail, you can send a completed registration form and payment to:


520 8th Avenue, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10018


10. When does online registration close?

Online registration closes on Wednesday, December 4 at 4 PM. Further registration will take place at the door for an increased price.


11.  Are travel stipends available to subsidize the cost of getting to the conference?

Travel stipends are no longer available for the JOFA Conference. 



12. I’m interested in attending the conference, but finances are an obstacle for me. What can I do?

JOFA is offering a limited number of scholarships to partially subsidize registration costs for the 2013 JOFA Conference. Please explore additional options for scholarships in your communities (e.g. local synagogue, Hillel, school, youth group, etc.). Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  You will be notified within 5-10 days of whether you received a scholarship. If you are applying for a scholarship, you must wait until after you scholarship request is approved before you can register for the JOFA Conference.

Please email [email protected] for the scholarship form.


13. If I received a scholarship, can I still sign up with a group of 5 to attend the conference?

Yes, a scholarship recipient CAN count towards a group of 5+. However, scholarship rates CANNOT be combined with group discounts.


14. What is the Educators Track? Who is eligible to attend the educators’ track? Is there an additional fee?

The educators track is a half day track designed for professional Jewish educators who are currently teaching in Jewish day schools or preschools. It is NOT designed for parents and students. There is no additional fee to participate in this program, but you must register for these sessions.

This track will address issues of gender in Jewish day school settings. Participants will attend three closed sessions throughout the day, where they will have the opportunity to discuss and workshop best practices with other Jewish educators. Participants are also encouraged to attend the opening plenary and one additional morning and afternoon workshop.

Topics may include:

  • Addressing gender issues in school’s daily prayer
  • Teaching texts that present gender in problematic ways
  • Cultivating gender sensitivity to the language of feminism
  • Fostering productive dialogue about gender issues among faculty who approach these issues from varying religious perspectives


15. What is the High School Track? Who is eligible to attend the high school track? Is there an additional fee?

The high school track provides a unique opportunity for high school students to engage with each other around topics that matter to them. There will be two closed sessions, specifically for high school students, and for the remainder of the day, students are encouraged to attend general sessions. Topics will include: prayer, relationships, creating change in your school. The high school track was created by teens for teens. There is no additional fee to participate in this program, but you much register for these sessions.




16. Are men welcome at the JOFA Conference?

Yes! The JOFA Conference is co-ed, and men are invited and encouraged to attend.


17. How do I sign up for Babysitting?

Subsidized babysitting will be available on Sunday for an additional charge of $20 per child. You can sign up for babysitting when you register for the conference.

Babysitting is only available for children ages 3-8. All children MUST be toilet-trained.

You must register your child by Monday, November 25 in order to ensure their spots. We cannot accommodate walk-ins. Please print out and complete this form and bring it with you on the day of the conference. Please ALSO fill out this online form for the babysitting service. You must fill out both forms to be fully registered.


18. Who is speaking at the JOFA Conference this year?

Click here to see a full schedule of the conference.