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.
How does the halakha change to accommodate new roles and opportunities for women? Where do these innovations come from? Do they stem from minority opinions that have been hidden for centuries? Do they arise from a sociological or a halakhic need? What are the opportunities for innovation and challenges to innovation that are intertwined with questions of gender and advancing women's roles in Judaism?
Rabbi Dov Linzer is the Rosh HaYeshiva and Dean of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, a groundbreaking Orthodox smicha program. Rabbi Linzer spearheaded the development of YCT to create an innovative four year smicha program which provides its students with rigorous talmud Torah and halakhic study and sophisticated professional training in the context of a religious atmosphere which cultivates openness and inclusiveness. He has... Read More →
Tamar Ross is Professor Emerita of the Department of Jewish philosophy at Bar Ilan University. She has taught in many academic and religious settings in Israel, the United States, England and South Africa, and continues to teach at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem, with which she has been associated since its inception in 1976. She has published widely on many topics relating to Jewish thought and the philosophy of halakha, including a book... Read More →
Rabbi Ethan Tucker is Rosh Yeshiva at Mechon Hadar and Chair in Jewish Law. Ethan was a faculty member at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, where he taught Talmud and Halakhah in the Scholars Circle. Ethan was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Harvard College. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar and a winner of... Read More →