Arguing that feminism could become a way into Judaism instead of a reason to leave the faith, JOFA founder Blu Greenberg created new possibilities for Orthodox feminist Jews. The daughter of an Orthodox rabbi and the wife of another, Greenberg was deeply involved in the Jewish community but concerned by the lack of opportunities for women to engage in ritual and study. At the First National Jewish Women’s Conference in 1973, Greenberg argued that women should take part in ritual and synagogue leadership to the fullest extent within Jewish law, and that to claim that halakhah could not adapt to feminist concerns was to ignore the long history of Jewish tradition. Greenberg went on to become founding president of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) in 1997 and to develop a gender and Judaism curriculum for Orthodox day schools. Greenberg has also taken on a leadership role in a variety of Jewish organizations, serving on the boards of organizations including Project Kesher and Lilith magazine, as well as her work as a founding member of the Dialogue Project, which helped create discussion groups between Israeli and Palestinian women to promote peace.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Blu Greenberg." (Viewed on September 1, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/greenberg-blu>.