Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman
Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman is the Executive Director of JOFA and a leading writer, educator and activist in the world of Orthodox feminism. Her first book, "The Men's Section: Orthodox Jewish Men in an Egalitarian World" (Hadassah Brandeis Institute, 2011) won the 2012 National Jewish Book Council award for women's studies. Her second book, co-authored with Dr Chaya Gorsetman, "Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools", was released in October 2013. Elana's writing has appeared in the Forward, the Jewish Week, the Jerusalem Post, Lilith, the Australian Jewish News, Jewish Educational Leadership, and more. She holds a BA from Barnard College, an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University, and a PhD from Hebrew University in sociology of education. She has taught about gender, education and Jewish life in forums around the world, including the Florence Melton Adult Mini-school in Melbourne, Australia, the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, at the Efrata Teacher Training College, and the Bar Ilan University Gender Studies Department. She lives in Modi'in, Israel and works in New York City.