Rev. Khristi Adams
Rev. Khristi Adams is currently an Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens. She is a graduate of Temple University and Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked in chaplaincy, youth ministry, and congregational ministry. She founded the Becoming Conference, designed to empower, educate, and inspire teen girls. In the Fall of 2018 she will begin her new position as Firestone Endowment Chaplain and instructor of religious studies and philosophy at the Hill School in Pottstown, PA.
Dr. Sharon Harris
Sharon J. Harris, PhD, is Assistant Professor of English at Brigham Young University (BYU) and holds degrees in English, humanities, and music from Fordham University, the University of Chicago, and BYU. She has published in Notes & Queries, Mormon Studies Review, and Proceedings of the Mormon Theology Seminar with forthcoming publications in the Ben Jonson Journal and Toward a Mormon Ethics of Peacebuilding. In 2015 she co-organized the symposium "Of One Body: The State of Mormon Singledom" in New York City. She researched and wrote the first institutional history of LDS singles congregations in 2014 in conjunction with the summer seminar hosted by the BYU Neal A. Maxwell Institute. She also has been a funded participant in the Mormon Theology Seminar and Wheatley Institute Summer Seminar on Mormonism and the Secular. For her research in literature and music Harris has received grants to the Folger Shakespeare Library, Yale Beinecke Library, UCLA Clark Library, and Digital Humanities Summer Institute. Additionally, she has worked in academic publishing for 19th-Century Music and Opera Quarterly, as an arts and non-profit administrator, and as a public school teacher. Together, she and her husband, Edje Jeter, are managing editors for the Mormon Arts Center Encyclopedia and sponsor the Mormon Studies Reading Group in New York City.
With over a decade in the non-profit sector, Tayyaba Bukhari specializes in women's health rights and educational policies. She's led research and development initiatives on global issues including marital and reproductive rights, and educational gender gaps in academic institutions across the Middle East and Asia. As a Consultant, she empowers women by elevating their voices and instilling the necessary skills to take control of their own narrative. She received her Master of Public Policy from The Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Rabbi Abby Sosland
Rabbi Abigail (Abby) Sosland, Morah Ruchanit (Spiritual Advisor) of Schechter Westchester High School, teaches Bible, Talmud, prayer and philosophy. She teaches adults around the country. Her ELI talk, “Shameless Judaism,” focused on being single in the Jewish community. She was the keynote speaker at the Women League for Conservative Judaism’s Convention 2017 on the theme of “Mishpacha: The Changing Face of the Jewish Family.”
Inclusion of Singles in our
JOFA has recently been focusing on the experience of singles and non-traditional family structures (single parents, families without children, LGBTQ couples, etc.). We have discovered that traditional marriage and dating pressures often lead to marginalization in our communities. Moreover, this is not a phenomenon unique to the Orthodox Jewish community, but a critical issue across many faith communities. Our upcoming panel is intended to shed light on the connections and differences between different faith communities in America, while learning from each other best practices and avenues towards change in our practices and mindsets towards single people.
Join JOFA, Malikah, and the Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee of NY
for an interfaith panel and discussion on marriage pressure and singleness in
our religious communities, exploring best practices towards inclusion of non-traditional family structures and singles.
Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg
Dr. 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 Maharat and 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.