Reclaiming The F-Word

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:05pm -- rootuser

By Gavriel Brown

“I’m not a feminist.”

“So you don’t believe in equal opportunity or equal pay?” I ask. “Oh, but of course I do.”

This trope stings my ear whenever I hear it, and I hear it all too often. In my experience at Yeshiva University, feminism is treated as a pathology and feminists are labeled as liberal fanatics; admit to being a feminist, and you must be a bra-burning, man-hating lesbian or an emasculated weirdo. It is therefore not surprising that a vast majority of women (and men, but that goes without saying) don’t consider themselves feminists and many of the most committed, politically engaged and active student leaders at Stern College shy away from the term. This troubles me.

My Conversation with the Rabbi about Feminism

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:05pm -- rootuser

By Elana Maryles Sztokman

I had an enlightening conversation recently with an Orthodox rabbi in which I got a clear glimpse into what some people think of feminists.

The rabbi wanted to know what JOFA is, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, where I work as Executive Director. When I explained that we advance women’s inclusion in all areas of religious Jewish life, he responded, “That’s nice, and it sounds like something I might support, but have you thought about your name?”

JOFA launches a new Video Webinar Series on advancing social change in Orthodox life

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:05pm -- rootuser

One of my favorite parts of being Executive Director of JOFA is that I get to meet people from around the world and listen to their dreams for creating better communities. Over the past year, I’ve had the privilege of hearing from groups in Boston, Stamford, Fairlawn, Pittsburg, Silver Spring, Washington, DC, and even London!

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