JOFA Conference 2017: Chart (Y)our Course
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January 14th at the Kraft Center (606 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10027)
January 15th at Lerner Hall (2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027)
The Columbia / Barnard Hillel is a proud sponsor of this year’s JOFA Conference and the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life will be hosting our Saturday night programming.
Thank you to the many hundreds of people who joined us for an amazing conference!
We welcomed over 1,200 participants from hundreds of cities in seven different countries to join in over 50 sessions on diverse topics including mikveh, sexual abuse, education, prayer, ritual, LGBT inclusion, marriage and divorce, Women of the Wall and more. It was, by all accounts, a huge success! The day long event, the ninth 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.
Including the Opening Plenary, and select conference sessions!
JOFA CONFERENCE IN THE PRESS:
Orthodox Women Rabbis, Check. Now What? by Hannah Dreyfus
"Sessions were packed, with participants frequently sitting on the floor to make it into crowded seminars. And it appeared that this year’s crowd was younger, about half male, and increasingly diverse."
After 20 Years, Orthodox Feminists Claim Big Victories — but Still Face Challenges by Debra Nussbaum Cohen
"Despite the continued obstacles facing Orthodox feminists, one thing is for certain: JOFA has galvanized a community."
JOFA conference highlights Orthodox women’s progress by Lori Silberman Brauner
"I agree that all segments of the Orthodox feminist community deserve to be acknowledged and addressed, and I was impressed that JOFA even held sessions relating to gay and lesbian couples and the experiences of those undergoing gender transition. It’s clear that Orthodox feminist leaders must continue to keep the tent wide open, ensuring that all the community’s stakeholders find a place for themselves."
Tablet Magazine's Unorthodox Podcast moderated by Mark Oppenheimer - hear the shoutout to JOFA Conference 2017 at minute 2!