Staff Bios

Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, Executive Director
Sharon Weiss-Greenberg is the Executive Director of JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance).  She was recently named by the Jewish Forward as a "Forward 50" Jew of influence and by the Jewish Week as a person to watch as a "36 Under 36" honoree. Sharon has held a variety of professional roles including Director of Recruitment at Yeshivat Maharatand  Rosh Moshava (Head of Camp) at Camp Stone.  Sharon has served as the co-director and Orthodox adviser of the Orthodox Union Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Harvard Hillel and as the first Orthodox woman chaplain at Harvard University. She has taught at Yeshiva University High School for Girls, Yavneh Academy in New Jersey, and the Denver Academy of Torah High School. Sharon earned her doctorate at New York University in Education and Jewish Studies. She is an alumna of the Wexner Fellow/Davidson Scholarship graduate program. She studied Talmud and halakha at The Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. She received her Masters in Education B.A. in Sociology and Jewish History from Yeshiva University. Sharon can be reached at [email protected].

Shira Eliassian, Program Manager
Shira Eliassian graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College with a B.A. in English Literature. During her time at Barnard she served as gabbait for the Orthodox community, and then went on to help found the board of Jewish Women on Campus, where she served as both treasurer and Jewish Feminism Week Chair. Shira's coursework often reflected her combined passion for literature, religion, and feminism. For her senior thesis, she wrote about Song of Songs, exploring the presence of carnal language and imagery in this religious text. Shira can be reached at [email protected].

Oren Herschander, Digital Producer and Designer
Oren writes his bios in the third person, and joined JOFA’s team of feminist creators to design digital spaces where empathy becomes a verb. He’s determined to explore how we may strengthen our ability to understand and share the feelings of others.   Before JOFA, Oren graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yeshiva University where he focused on how life imitates the stories we tell through art, science, and the complex social networks that unfold more and more each day. He loves to paint, wave to dogs he meets at the park, talk about the philosophy embed in the Star Wars universe, stomp out mental health stigma, and listen to more podcasts than some may think is humanly possible. He also enjoys using quotes as a way to summarize his endless passion to help people:  “Many people need desperately to receive this message,” Kurt Vonnegut writes. “I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.”  You may reach Oren at [email protected].    

Rivka Cohen, Program Manager
Rivka graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brandeis University, where she studied Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies and Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and minored in Politics. At Brandeis, she served as Gabbait and as Education Coordinator for the Brandeis Orthodox Organization. Rivka was also Executive Coordinator of bVIEW – Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World and co-founded JFAB – Jewish Feminist Association at Brandeis. She is passionate about Judaism, feminism, Zionism, and interfaith relations. Rivka can be reached at [email protected].

Karen Traube, Office Manager
Karen Traube graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. in Health and Human Sciences. Karen can be reached at [email protected]