On Sunday, March 7, 2021 JOFA will be hosting its 10th International Conference on Feminism and Orthodoxy: Building a Vibrant and Equitable Orthodox Community. Choose from sessions focusing on education, leadership, ritual practice, and contemporary issues.
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Session information and speaker bios
Is Intersectionality Possible in 2021?
In recent years, questions of loyalty have come to the fore. In an effort to accomodate "conflicting" ideologies, do we need to compartmentalize aspects of our identities and beliefs, or can we show up with our full selves?
Ginna Green is a political strategist, consultant, and writer. She is partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Uprise and the former Chief Strategy Officer at Bend the Arc: Jewish Action. A Schusterman Senior Fellow, Ginna is a 2020-2021 Fellow at the Kogod Research Center of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and sits on the boards of Women’s March, Political Research Associates, the Jews of Color Initiative and Bend the Arc, and the leadership team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable.
Professor Sylvia Barack Fishman, Ph.D. is the author of eight books and numerous articles discussing Jewish identity, the interplay of American and Jewish values, transformations in the American Jewish family, the impact of Jewish education, gender and sexuality in American Jewish life, antisemitism and anti-Zionism, Israel-Diaspora relations, and portrayals of Jews and Jewishness in fiction and film. She is an Emerita Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University, and was the founding Co-Director of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute (HBI); she edits the HBI Series on Gender and Jewish Culture. Prof. Fishman serves on the Board of JOFA. Among other honors, Prof. Fishman received The Marshall Sklare Award from the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, and the Belkin Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement from Yeshiva University (Stern College).
Miryam Kabakov is the Executive Director and a founding board member of Eshel, an organization that supports and advocates for LGBTQ Orthodox individuals and their families. Prior to being a leader at Eshel, Kabakovwas the New York and National Program Director of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, Director of LGBT programming at the JCC Manhattan, Social Worker at West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing, and was the first social worker at Footsteps.
Miryam attended the Ramaz Upper School, Stern College for Women, received her Master’s Degree in social work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She also received certification in fundraising program from the University of St. Thomas, in program evaluation at the University of Washington, and from the Institute for Informal Jewish Education at Brandeis University. She founded the New York Orthodykes, a support group for lesbian, bisexual and transgender Orthodox women, and is the editor of Keep Your Wives Away From Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires (North Atlantic Books, May 2010), a collection of writings about the challenges and joys of LGBT Orthodox Jews and winner of the Golden Crown Literary Award
Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and the director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She is the author of The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria (2016), andDiscovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism (2018), which received the 2019 AJL Judaica Reference Honor Award.
Simkovich’s articles have been published in the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal for the Study of Judaism, as well as on online forums such as The Lehrhaus and the Times of Israel. She is involved in numerous local and international interreligious dialogue projects which help to increase understanding and friendship between Christians and Jews