UK Conference 2013

UK ConferenceJOFA's First UK Conference: 'Inspired Women, Inspiring Communities' 

Sunday 9th June 2013, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, London - 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus, 221 Golders Green Road
London NW11 9DQ


Professor Tamar Ross, Rabbi Professor Daniel SperberDr. Elana Sztokman 

“Inspired Women Inspiring Communities” JOFA’s first UK conference will explore: 

  • Definitions of Orthodoxy and feminism so as to identify the scope available to women who wish to combine both feminist and Orthodox Jewish ideals.
  • The nature, dynamics and boundaries of Halachah. In particular how it responds to the changing roles of women in society.
  • Opportunities and challenges for enhanced female image and expression in the home, school and synagogue.


Session one: 10-11:15 am

The intersection between Feminism and Orthodoxy: A Creative Conversation
Speakers: Rabbi Dr. Michael Harris, Professor Tamar Ross, Rabbi Prof Daniel Sperber, and Dr Elana Sztokman
Moderator: Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer
The participants of this conversation will discuss what feminism means today and whether or not it is consistent with Orthodox Judaism.

Session two: 11:30am -12:45pm
The Flexibility and Fluidity of Halachah
Speaker: Rabbi Professor Daniel Sperber
How much flexibility and fluidity is there in Halachah? Where do the boundaries of Halachah lie? Who are the authorities that get to decide where these boundaries lie and what are the implications for Orthodox feminists today?

Session Three- 1:15- 2:45 pm
Orthodox Feminism: Challenges, Opportunities & Aspirations
Moderator: Dr Miri Freud-Kandel
This Dynamic Presentation will explore three areas in which Orthodox feminism plays out today; family life, synagogues, and houses of learning. Each presenter will invite questions, comments and observations from the audience.

The Jewish Woman in Family Life
Speakers: Jo Bruce & Daniel Quint
What gender stereotypes are prevalent in the Jewish home? How are these stereotypes reinforced? What long term implications do these stereotypes have for young Jewish women today? How might they be addressed?

The Jewish Woman in Houses of Learning
Speaker: Felicia Epstein
What gender stereotypes are currently prevalent in Jewish educational settings? What impact does this have on the way women are perceived and perceive themselves? How might these stereotypes be challenged? What would a more inclusive approach look like?

The Jewish Woman in Synagogue
Speaker: Jacqui Rudolph and Miriam Westbrook
What roles can women play in synagogue life? What are some of the challenges confronting such roles? And how might we overcome them? How does architecture and synagogue furniture contribute to a sense of inclusion or exclusion as perceived by women? What can be done about it?

Closing 2:45-3pm
Speaker: Lindsay Simmonds
Next steps in expanding the spiritual, ritual and intellectual opportunities for women within the framework of halachah.

JOFA appreciates the support received from the JHub Micro Grants Programme


Register now for the conference!
Conference full day ticket £27 
Conference bring-a-friend ticket £50
Concessions/ half day ticket £18

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JOFA UK provides a platform for Orthodox feminists to discuss and explore ideas and act as an amplifier for their voices. JOFA UK is not funded by its American parent organisation and depends entirely on your investment of time and/or money. 

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Conference Schedule

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