Sunday, 8 July, 2018   7:00 – 10:30pm

Join us as we celebrate women’s learning and leadership at the JOFA UK Dinner. The evening will begin with a reception and four speakers from the YourTorah Series. Then join us for a celebratory three-course dinner honouring Rabba Dina Brawer with a keynote address by Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg.


Tickets: £80 

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Women and men welcome.

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We are honoured to be welcoming the following speakers to the reception and dinner:

Rabbi Lila Kagedan

Rabbi Lila Kagedan holds degrees and certificates from Midreshet Lindenbaum, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The University of Toronto, Harvard University, The Medstar Washington Hospital Center and Massachusetts General Hospital and is a Shalom Hartman Institute RLI fellow. She was ordained in 2015 by Yeshivat Maharat and is now the senior rabbi at the Walnut Street Synagogue in Chelsea, MA. Rabbi Kagedan is the founder of the Sulam School in Brookline, MA. She is an instructor of bioethics at New York Medical College and NYU and is a clinical ethicist as well as a chaplain in hospitals and hospices. She is currently studying for Yadin Yadin smicha.

Maharat Rachel Kohl Finegold

Rachel Kohl Finegold is the Maharat at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal. She received her B.A. in Religion from Boston University and is a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle in New York. She was ordained as part of the inaugural class of Yeshivat Maharat, and lives in Montreal with her husband, Rabbi Avi Finegold, and their three daughters.

Miriam Lorie

Miriam loves teaching Jewish texts with the aim of bringing out their personal meaning. She is trained to prepare brides and grooms for Jewish marriage, and teaches Bat Mitzvah girls. Miriam recently returned from a Fellowship at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and is now Programme Director at Lead, developing leaders for the Jewish community. Miriam has worked for Cambridge University's Inter-faith Programme, read Theology at Cambridge and is a Bradfield graduate. She is co-founder of Kehillat Nashira, the Borehamwood Partnership Minyan.

Lindsay Simmonds

Lindsay has an MSc in Gender Studies from the LSE, where she is currently completing her PhD. She studied at Nishmat, Midreshet Lindenbaum and is a graduate of the LSJS Susi Bradfield programme. Lindsay has been a faculty member of the LSJS for almost 20 years. She held the post of Scholar-in-Residence at Hampstead United Synagogue in 2016-2017, and is currently the Jewish Scholar-in-Residence for the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ).

Rabba Dina Brawer

Rabba Dina Brawer is the founder of JOFA UK. Her passion for Jewish education and inspiring spiritual growth led Dina to study for semikhah at Yeshivat Maharat. As part of her training she served as Scholar in Residence at Hampstead Synagogue in London and as Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, New Jersey. Having recently completed Hillel’s OOI Fellowship for Rabbinic Entrepreneurs, Dina looks forward to putting her new skills to use in Boston where she will be relocating with her family this summer.

Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg

Sharon is the Executive Director of JOFA. She was recently named by the Jewish Forward as a ``Forward 50`` Jew of influence. Sharon has served as the first Orthodox woman chaplain at Harvard University and taught at a number of Academies. Sharon earned her doctorate at New York University in Education and Jewish Studies. She is an alumna of the Wexner Fellow/Davidson Scholarship graduate program. Sharon studied Talmud and halakha at The Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, received her Masters in Education, B.A. in Sociology and Jewish History from Yeshiva University.

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