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JOFA: Beyond Belief - Part 2

In her final interview before leaving JOFA, Elana Sztokman talks about Orthodox feminism and JOFA. This is the second part of our three-part series, posting weekly.
Read part one here.
Read part three here.

Susan Reimer-Torn: Some of JOFA’s early financing came from progressive Jewish groups and some non-Orthodox women. Why do you think they were persuaded to contribute? How important is this alliance?

JOFA: Beyond Belief - Part 1

Today we are excited to publish the first installment of a three-part series on JOFA and Orthodox Feminism, posting weekly. After covering the JOFA conference for the Jewish Week, Susan Reimer-Torn found she had many timely questions to explore about the state and vision of Orthodox Feminism today. Her conversations with author and JOFA executive director Elana Sztokman confirmed that much needs to be shared about the conflicts, values, tensions, and goals of Orthodox Feminism. Elana's views, both as a thought leader and an organizational executive, illuminate dark corners and sound an inclusive note for all Jewish women interested in innovation and inclusiveness, regardless of religious affiliation.

Rosie the Riveter Wearing Tefillin

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Rosie the Riveter wearing tefillin.
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Rosie the Riveter wearing tefillin.

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Rebecca Chernin, 2004

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Rebecca Chernin, 2004
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Hadassah Blocker, 2004

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Hadassah Blocker, 2004.

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Hanna Weinberg, 2002

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Hanna Weinberg in her home, October 2002.
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Where She's Coming From

I’m bracing myself for the inevitable storm of essays about Neshama Carlebach’s choice and what it says about Orthodoxy. It’s easy to read her decision to “make aliyah” to Reform Judaism as a triumph of the liberal values and inclusivity of the Reform Movement over the ingrained sexism of Orthodoxy. But the truth is that both movements are struggling with how to include women and a wider range of voices.

From Hasidic Rock to the Dangers of Slut-Shaming at JOFA

I had been eagerly anticipating the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) conference for months. Happily, it did not disappoint.

Slutwalk, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2011

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Marchers with Slutwalk Knoxville display signs at Krutch Park Extension in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. This march was one of numerous worldwide Slutwalk rallies held throughout 2011 to raise awareness for the rights of rape victims.

Marchers with Slutwalk Knoxville display signs at Krutch Park Extension in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. This march was one of numerous worldwide Slutwalk rallies held throughout 2011 to raise awareness for the rights of rape victims.

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Belda Lindenbaum

Belda Kaufman Lindenbaum was President of the board of Drisha Institute for Women in New York City, Vice-President of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, and a founding board member of Yeshivat Maharat. She was also a board member of Ramaz Day School and Bar Ilan University.

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