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From Facebook groups to op-eds, frum women are speaking out against right-wing practice of erasing women’s faces from media photographs....
Jewish News-Oct 18, 2017
New podcast launched by Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. New '#YourTorah' recordings will offer an introduction to the 63 tractates or books of Mishnah. October 18, 2017, 6:24 pm 0 ...
Forward-Oct 19, 2017
Kolech was founded in 1998, in the wake of the establishment of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. While American Orthodox feminism is currently consumed by the pushback from the rabbinic establishment against female clergy, its Israeli partners are wondering about other issues. With the ...
Forward-Sep 28, 2017
Seven months after one of Orthodox Judaism's oldest and biggest institutions barred women clergy from its synagogues, the decision is threatening to create ... that the women are being used as pawns in a turf war,” said Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance.
Refinery29-Jul 13, 2017
... Adina Miles, a.k.a. Flatbush Girl, claimed that Brooklyn's Flatbush Jewish Journal asked her to blur an image of herself for an ad she was running in their paper. The New York Daily News reported that Miles was told her face violated "modesty rules." In response, the Orthodox Jewish mother posted the ad ...
Cleveland Jewish News-Oct 12, 2017
Both Green Road and Cedar Sinai have female presidents, with Cedar Sinai being the first Orthodox synagogue in the U.S. to elect an all-female board of officers, according to the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. Truboff said changing women's roles must be approached carefully, especially since strong ...
New Voices-Feb 16, 2017
The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) hosted its 9th international conference at Columbia University on Jan. 15, gathering 1,200 feminists and allies, many students among them. Since its debut in 1997, the conference has held panel discussions and classes on topics ranging from Orthodox …
Forward-Feb 8, 2017
As a staff member at the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA), I had learned about the OU's decision to release a statement over the summer. And as a resident of Washington Heights, I had already spoken to Rabbi Ezra Schwartz, senior rabbi at Mount Sinai Jewish Center, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva ...
Haaretz-Jan 16, 2017
... Conference on Orthodoxy and Feminism. That 1997 conference, which attracted many more people than the organizers anticipated, galvanized a movement of Orthodox feminists, created the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) and advanced change in the roles women play in their religious lives.
SELF-Oct 11, 2017
“Whether or not they are textbook eating disorders, there's a lot of unhealthy eating habits happening,” Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, the executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, tells SELF. “I can't think of anyone who doesn't know numerous people [that suffer from disordered eating].” ...
The Times of Israel-Oct 30, 2017
Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, said she hoped the OU would make good on its promises to advance women and invest more in women's programs. Along with positive actions, she recommended that the OU stop actively opposing Orthodox women clergy and ...
Jewish Week-Nov 8, 2017
Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, director of Maze Women's Sexual Health and president of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, said she is eager to see if these “sex positive” spaces indicate a broader communal trend. “It is still a small slice of the community that is starting to have these conversations,” said Marcus ...
Forward-Jan 25, 2017
With all of this nestled comfortably among the other facets of my identity, I attended the ninth international conference of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, or JOFA. It was my first time attending a JOFA conference, and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I knew I wanted to be a part of the conversations ...
Jewish Telegraphic Agency-Oct 3, 2017
“He's a major leader in the Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University, which is a flagship institution of centrist Orthodoxy,” said Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. “He's always been on board with women taking greater roles in the community.” ...
Jerusalem Post Israel News-Mar 12, 2017
... this year in services around Israel and the Diaspora, in association with Kolech – Religious Women's Forum and the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. ... The phenomenon of Modern Orthodox women's megila readings is one that has grown strongly in recent years, and reflects an increasing desire by ...
Jewish Week-Oct 18, 2017
Dr. Sharon Weiss Greenberg, executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, agreed. “People [responding on social media] feel like dressing modestly doesn't protect you,” said Weiss-Greenberg. “The reality is that much of this is happening in a Jewish context. Almost every woman has been …
Jewish News (blog)-Nov 17, 2017
Another good question from the judges: Orthodox Jews are law-abiding citizens. Perhaps if it were simply explained to them that discrimination against transgender people is contrary to UK law, they wouldn't shun the children? The judges also questioned what exactly was meant by the Jewish “community”.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency-Oct 10, 2017
And Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, the executive director of the Jewish OrthodoxFeminist Alliance, said that despite their differences, the Modern Orthodox communities in Israel and the U.S. influence each other. “What the O.U. has done and RCA has tried to do is separate the politics of American Jews from ...
Cleveland Jewish News-Sep 12, 2017
The partnership minyan's model follows halachach, or Jewish law, guidelines created by the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance which allow women to lead certain parts of services. JOFA is a national group for women's progress in the Orthodox community. Like an Orthodox synagogue, there is a barrier ...
The Times of Israel-Jul 10, 2017
According to all indications, Diaspora Jewry is experiencing a “vey iz mir” moment. The June 25 unraveling of a long-negotiated compromise cementing the equal status of non-Orthodox Jews at the Western Wall has caused a crisis of faith between Diaspora Jewry and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ...
The Jewish Star-Oct 25, 2017
Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, said she hoped the O.U. would make good on its promises to advance women and invest more in women's programs. Along with positive actions, she recommended that the O.U. stop actively opposing Orthodox women clergy and ...
Jewish Chronicle-Feb 1, 2017
At the opening plenary of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) conference in New York last week, a speaker asked any woman holding or studying for Orthodox rabbinic ordination to stand up. Around 20 women rose to their feet — one rabbi, several “rabbas” and many “Maharats”, which is short ...
Jewish Week-Aug 1, 2017
“We're not the Catholic church,” said Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA), rebutting the frequently peddled misconception that Orthodox law does not permit abortion. “When we don't protect choice, the choice to follow halacha [Jewish law] is in ...
Huffington Post-Feb 7, 2017
Opinions about whether women should be allowed to serve as clergy have caused some division within America's Modern Orthodox Jewish community. The religious establishment, including the OU's counterpart, the Rabbinical Council of America, is strongly opposed to women's ordination. On the other ...
Forward-Jun 21, 2016
How delighted I was to be proved wrong. I came back to a completely transformed landscape. JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance) has set up shop in London, four proudly out-in-the-open and thriving Partnership Minyans are now established, and lately a group have come forward with plans to create …
HuffPost-Jun 23, 2017
Jewish feminist groups praised the ruling as a victory. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, said that it's become “extremely common” for women on flights to Israel to be asked to move their seats for men with strict religious views about gender boundaries.
Jewish Journal-Feb 8, 2017
The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA), which advocates for an expanded female leadership role in Orthodox life, denounced the OU ruling, saying, “We are confused as to why this is being raised now after women have been serving as halakhic spiritual leaders in OU synagogues for well over a ...
Jewish Week-Aug 16, 2017
He and other proponents of the liberal approach point to successes in the last two decades with the creation of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, and the International Rabbinic Fellowship (a liberal response to the Rabbinical Council of America), in addition to the founding of YCT and Yeshivat ...
Forward-Oct 4, 2017
Riskin expects to remain active in Jewish life, which was cheered by Sharon Weiss Greenberg, the executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. “I am confident that Rabbi Riskin will continue to be a great leader for justice and inclusivity,” she told the Forward in a statement. She added that ...
Jewish Week-Mar 15, 2017
The involvement of Odeh made the line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism particularly difficult to navigate, said Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA). “Linda Sarsour's involvement pales in comparison to this,” she said, referring to Odeh's ...
Jewish Telegraphic Agency-Feb 3, 2017
“There are various ways of practicing Judaism, halachic Orthodox Judaism,” Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, told the Forward. “We are disappointed, however, that the OU is attempting to squash that healthy debate and impose their [religious ruling] on ...
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Washington Post-Jan 5, 2017
What may contribute to this treatment is that many of the Orthodox obligations for adult women are tied to being married. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, who is the executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance and has advocated for better treatment of singles in the community, said the high value ...
New Jersey Jewish News-Jan 18, 2017
Since that time, I have observed the official creation of JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, and subsequent conferences run by them; the growth of partnership minyanim, in which men and women assume roles within the structure of an Orthodox service; the opening of a yeshiva that ordains ...
Forward-Jul 25, 2017
Miles also told Jewish Week that some angry parents have called administrators at her children's school, complaining that they should not attend anymore. Her advocacy did receive some support from the Orthodox community. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, the executive director of Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, called the ...
Jewish Week-Oct 12, 2017
Having grown up reading Torah and chanting my bat mitzvah portion, Beha'alotecha, I take pride in participating in an (Ashkenazi) Orthodox women's prayer service every Simchat Torah and receive an aliyah to the Torah; I also attend conferences of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA).
Jewish News-Feb 23, 2017
Representing the Jewish community will be Dina Brawer, founder of Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance in the UK, Amanda Bomsztyk, a regional director of the Community Security Trust, Reform Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers and Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks. Organisers said the sessions would cover ...
Jewish Week-Jun 7, 2017
The other signatories are Marla Feldman of Women of Reform Judaism; Judith Rosenbaum Jewish Women's Archives; Janice Weinstein of Hadassah; Lori Weinstein of Jewish Women International; Sharon Weiss-Greenberg of Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance and Carol S. Simon of Women's League for ...
The Jewish Standard-Jan 26, 2017
Attendees at last week's JOFA — that's the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance — couldn't escape the fact that there were very many of them. ... The community that was included at JOFA sessions extended beyond the open Orthodox world centered around Rabbi Avi Weiss and his Yeshivat Maharat and ...
Jewish Week-Jul 20, 2017
Some in the Jewish community were vocal in their support for Miles. The JewishOrthodox Feminist Alliance, an organization that promotes women's participation in Orthodox life, quickly showed support for the Instagram star by publishing photos of famous women — including comedian Tina Fey and …
OZY-Feb 16, 2017
“The quest for a marriage partner should not be a reason for those who want to have a child to remain childless,” says Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA). “We need to be aware that women are choosing to have children outside of marriage in a ...
Jewish Chronicle-Jun 26, 2017
I've written about this extensively and lectured about it at the JOFA (JewishOrthodox Feminist Alliance) conference in New York. It will be the topic of one of my upcoming UK lectures in July. Ruth Colian of U'Bizchutan, a movement to get Charedi women into the Knesset, embarked on a campaign to raise ...
Jewish Week-Feb 23, 2017
Insisting that men continue to wear the trousers when it comes to religion might be traditional, but, as the pantalons rouge debacle illustrates, it may not be worth the price. Dina Brawer is founder of JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance) in the UK and a third year student at Yeshivat Maharat in New York ...
Forward-Jan 10, 2017
Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, executive director of the Jewish Orthodox FeministAlliance, has been fielding questions from observant Jews wishing to participate. Many of these people joined a Facebook group that they're using to crowdsource the question of how to keep the rules of Shabbat while protesting ...
Forward-Mar 8, 2017
Women's megillah (Scroll of Esther) readings haven't gotten quite as big as Achashverosh's kingdom, but they are getting there. The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) has published its annual directory and interactive map of women's megillah readings happening around the world on Purim this ...
Jewish Chronicle-Mar 5, 2017
Jewish speakers are will include Dina Brawer, UK founder of JOFA (the JewishOrthodox Feminist Alliance), Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers of the Movement for Reform Judaism and Marie van der Zyl, Vice President of the Board of Deputies. Representatives of the Community Security Trust and its Muslim ...
Forward-Nov 9, 2016
Hillary Clinton's Defeat Reminds Me of Sexism Within Orthodox Judaism ... He's well aware that his daughter, who spent four years at an all women's college and now works for a feminist non-profit, supports Hillary. I knew my ... Shira Eliassian is a Program Manager at the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance.