Ritual Inclusion

JOFA advocates for women’s participation in ritual life at home and in the synagogue, within halakhic parameters. To that end, JOFA has created many resources and tools to help women and their communities learn about the halakic sources to help women become more involved in ritual life.

JOFA's Ta Shma Halakhic Source Guides provide women with the halakhic sources that permit women to touch a Torah scroll, say Kiddush on Shabbat, and recite Kaddish

Esther AppThe Interactive Megillat Esther App teaches women and men megillah trope, giving them the tools to learn to read megillah and to plan women’s megillah readings.

Women and Men in Communal Prayer: Halakhic Perspectives explores the possibility of expanding women’s participation in the Torah service. By including four responsa, it is a living example of the halakhic process and showcases ways we can reconcile the competing values of tradition and human dignity. 

Birth Guide CoverThe Orthodox Jewish Women and Ritual Guides offer personal stories and suggestions from women who have been excluded from traditional lifecycle events. The guides illustrate how women can expand their roles in an array of rituals including celebrating their daughters’ births and bat mitzvahs, Shabbat rituals at home, and in mourning loved ones. We hope these halakhic sources and practical tools encourage you to become more involved in Jewish ritual life at home and in the synagogue.