JOFA Conference 2013


JOFA's 8th International Conference of Feminism and Orthodoxy - Voices of Change

December 7-8, 2013 | 5th of Tevet, 5774  

John Jay College in New York City

Thank you to the many hundreds of people who joined us for a spectacular conference! 

This JOFA Conference, with well over 900 participants from 125 different cities in seven different countries, over 50 sessions on topics as diverse as mikveh, money, sexual abuse, education, prayer, ritual, LGBT inclusion, marriage and divorce, Women of the Wall and more, was by all accounts a huge success. The event, which was the eighth conference on feminism and orthodoxy since 1997, generated excited conversations about the status of women in religious life, and gave participants skills, resources and inspiration for promoting change in their communities.

See highlights of the schedule and click here for more pictures from the conference.  

click here for recordings from the 2013 conference

Including the Opening Plenary, and select conference sessions!




JOFA Conference in the Press:

"The willingness to discuss everything from philanthropy to fertility, sexual abuse to slut-shaming, lent an air of diversity and openness to the non-stop energy of a packed day."
Susan Reimer-Torn in The Jewish Week.

"Making progress on women's place in modern Orthodox community: Speakers at a New York conference on feminism and orthodoxy heralded progress on the issues of agunot and egalitarian worship while recognizing the long road still ahead.
Vered Kellner in Ha'aretz

"New Agunah Court Announced: Bet din with backing of key haredi jurist now in formation with goal of freeing 'chained' wives."
Gary Rosenblatt, The Jewish Week

"I was also really happy to see a fellow undergrad at the podium, since it shows that JOFA is truly dedicated to making space for the younger generation."
Talia Weisberg, Star of Davida

Take a look at this video recap from The Forward:










The JOFA conference was sponsored in part by the David Berg Foundation and many other private and corporate sponsors. A full list of sponsors will be available at the conference. For information on sponsoring the conference, please call 212-679-8500 or email [email protected].