Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance

In What Could Be A First, Orthodox Synagogue Elects All-Female Board

07/11/2016 - 11:14

An  Ohio congregation has become what is perhaps the first Orthodox synagogue to elect an all-female slate of officers.

The Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue in Lyndhurst, Ohio, the first Orthodox synagogue to elect an all-female slate of officers.

Teaneck Rabbi Downplays Campus Rape Problem, Prompting Anger

04/14/2016 - 10:47
JTA

An Orthodox women’s group is calling for the ouster of a Teaneck rabbi from a synagogue conference after he penned a blog post dismissive of the problem of rape on college campuses.

Weighing in on the debate about rape culture on college campuses, an Orthodox rabbi from New Jersey prompted controversy. JTA

Pioneer Among Orthodox Feminists Succumbs

Belda Lindenbaum, 76, remembered as ‘revolutionary’ leader.

05/18/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Belda Lindenbaum, who described herself as “a late bloomer” in respect to feminism but who went on to make her mark in helping to found several institutions that advanced the role of Orthodox women, died May 12 in her Manhattan home. She was 76.

Belda Lindenbaum was a founding board member of JOFA.  Courtesy of JOFA

Belda Lindenbaum, 76, Pioneer Among Orthodox Feminists

05/12/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Belda Lindenbaum, who described herself as “a late bloomer” in respect to feminism but who went on to make her mark in helping to found several institutions that advanced the role of Orthodox women, died May 12 in her Manhattan home. She was 76.

A Year Of Advances For Orthodox Feminists

01/13/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

This past year was a good one for Orthodox Jewish feminists, and the years ahead hold great promise. Last June, Yeshivat Maharat, which ordains women as spiritual leaders and religious authorities, graduated its first three “maharats,” as they are called. (“Maharat” is a Hebrew acronym for “manhiga hilchatit ruchanit toranit,” a female legal, spiritual and Torah leader.) More than 500 people, from all branches of Judaism, turned out for the ceremony in New York. In December, JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance) held its eighth international conference, attended by more than 1,000 people in an atmosphere of exuberance and optimism.

Francine Klagsbrun

New Effort To End Agunot Crisis

A haredi jurist is backing a rabbinic court that will address the problem of husbands who won't grant divorces.

12/08/2013 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

In what appears to be a major breakthrough in the long, tortuous effort to solve the problem of agunot (or, chained wives), an international bet din (religious court) is in formation, headed by a highly respected Orthodox rabbi, with the goal of freeing women trapped in broken marriages.

Blu Greenberg at the JOFA conference where the formation of the new rabbinic court was made public. Photo courtesy JOFA
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