Below is the current list of sessions scheduled at the JOFA Conference. Check back often for speaker updates, and for the full schedule. The JOFA conference is being sponsored in part by the David Berg Foundation and many other private and corporate sponsors. A full list of sponsors will be available at the conference.
Sponsored by Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus and Dr. Elliott Schwartz.
Has the glass ceiling truly been shattered? What does the current field look like for women in Orthodox communal leadership positions? Hear from Orthodox women leaders who were among the first women in their respective positions. Panelists will discuss their personal journeys, including challenges they overcame and tips for the next generation of women leaders.
As Director of the Elga Stulman Women’s Institute for Jewish Studies Nigun Nashim, Devorah Evron, M.A. is empowering Israeli women towards social equality and progressive leadership. Using the platform of gender and Judaism, Evron teaches in various forums, including study groups, community centers and women's organizations. In the Rabin pre-military "mechina" leadership program and other mechinot, Evron educates and inspires young... Read More →
Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D. is President of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, a transdenominational seminary educating rabbis, cantors, chaplains, and other community leaders. Prior to accepting this position in January 2013, she was the chief academic officer at AJRCA, and after several decades of teaching in universities. Her doctoral field is History of Religions (University of Chicago), and she has written many articles and several books... Read More →
Rivy Poupko Kletenik will begin her eighth year as Head of School at the Seattle Hebrew Academy this coming Fall. She lectures nationwide on all things Jewish and writes a monthly column entitled “JQ” for Seattle’s JTNews. She was a 2002 recipient of the Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators and was co-editor of the CAJE publications, Turning Heaven and Earth and Eat, Drink and Be Merry. In 2010 she was awarded the... Read More →
Dr. Rachel Levmore, Rabbinical Court Advocate, is the Director of the Agunot and Get-Refusal Prevention Project, of the International Young Israel Movement in Israel and the Jewish Agency. Rachel is one of a team that developed a Prenuptial Agreement for the Prevention of Get-Refusal─ “The Agreement for Mutual Respect". She is a sitting member of the State of Israel Commission for the Appointment of Rabbinic Court Judges. As an expert on... Read More →