On November 11, 2011, we spent a wonderful evening celebrating fourteen years of advocacy, education and progress in the Orthodox community by honoring three of our founders and visionaries: Blu Greenberg, Carol Kaufman Newman, and Zelda R. Stern. Our event chairs were Giti and Jack Bendheim, Belda and Marcel Lindenbaum, and Barbara Dobkin. Over four hundred people attended.
The evening’s art exhibition, showcasing the work of eight female artists, was a celebration of women in Jewish life and a thoughtful critique of the ways in which the absence of women affects Jewish text and, by extension, Jewish life.
The celebration focused on “putting women back in the picture” by exploring JOFA’s history and the shared motivations for our work that lie at the heart of the Orthodox feminist community. Speakers highlighted the vacuum that existed before JOFA, and Orthodox women’s progress over the past fourteen years, i.e., the increased number of women learning and teaching Talmud, women synagogue presidents and spiritual leaders, and gender sensitive curricula.
Attendees left the event inspired and invigorated by JOFA’s accomplishments, as well as reenergized to continue the work that lies ahead.
Watch the video about JOFA, and tell your friends about us!
Watch the tribute video to our three honorees!
Read about the celebration in the New York Jewish Week.