Mission Statement

JOFA UK’s mission is to expand the spiritual, ritual, intellectual and political opportunities for women within the framework of halakhah (Jewish law), by advocating meaningful participation and equality for women in family life, synagogues, houses of learning and Jewish communal organizations to the full extent possible within halakhah. The core JOFA belief is that fulfilling this mission will enrich and uplift the entire Jewish people.

JOFA UK Founder

Dina Brawer

JOFA UK Founder

Dina is passionate about education and playing a role in inspiring spiritual growth. She has developed creative community education programmes and was involved in strategic community development. She frequently lectures, writes and occasionally broadcasts to wide and diverse audiences.
Dina’s interest in Orthodox feminism was seeded at the 2003 Kolech conference in Jerusalem and nurtured through JOFA conferences in NY. In 2013 she launched JOFA in the UK as a platform to engage in communal discussions around religion and gender.
JOFA UK has since become a catalyst for both grassroots and institutional change and has led Dina to enroll in an Orthodox semikhah course at Yeshivat Maharat in NY due to graduate in summer of 2018.

JOFA UK Trustees &
Advisory Board

Neil Hamburger

Trustee

Neil feels deeply committed to both Orthodox Judaism and Liberalism and finds women’s place in Orthodoxy to be one of the largest areas of tension between the two. He greatly values JOFA’s efforts to reconcile the two within the boundaries of tradition.
Neil has worked for 15 years in various roles in Investment Banking in London and New York mainly in credit derivative trading.

Natasha Isaac

Trustee

As a proud advocate of human rights and education Natasha is excited to progress JOFA’s ambitions for increasing female participation in Jewish life within halacha.
Acknowledging that there are many divergent paths to follow on the road to becoming a feminist, Natasha is thrilled that JOFA provides many different options for both women and men to explore Judaism. She particularly looks forward to getting involved with JOFA’s work on societal issues from a civil legal perspective.

Eve Sacks

Trustee

Eve is a chartered accountant and a tax adviser to a firm of investment managers. She hosts the Hendon partnership minyan in her home. She is passionate about Jewish education, took part in the LSJS Susi Bradfield Educational Leadership programme and loves attending Limmud. Eve provides support to those leaving the charedi community.
She is currently co-chairing the New Jewish High School project, a bid to open a free school with a Modern Orthodox ethos in the NW London area.

David Wolfson

Trustee

David’s interest in the place of women in the Orthodox community intensified on becoming father to two daughters. He passionately believes that more can be done within the halakhic system to find a space in the Orthodox community for a generation of learned and independent women. David is a Queen’s Counsel specialising in commercial law, practising in England and abroad. He serves as Chair of Governors of Kerem School, as trustee of the Jewish Chronicle and of the Cambridge University Jewish Society.

Sir Trevor Chinn

Advisory Board

Trevor has been involved all his life in communal leadership, largely for Israel, both political and philanthropic. He is hugely supportive on JOFA as he believes strongly that women should play a full part in all areas of activity, including Jewish communal and religious life.

Lauren Hamburger

Advisory Board

Lauren first heard about JOFA while living in New York, appreciating the opportunities it provided for Modern Orthodox women. Since returning to London, she has worked to expand the many different ways women can be involved in the community. She has served as a member of US Women and helps run the Finchley Partnership Minyan. Lauren is currently Director of PJ Library in the UK, responsible for the organisation’s strategy and infrastructure.

Simi Ben Hur

Advisory Board

Simi is deeply committed to Jewish communal life and spends her professional and personal life working in the areas of charity, youth and female empowerment and leadership development. She is the Executive Director of Shaare Zedek UK and holds a number of voluntary leadership positions, the dearest of which is mentoring women into professional leadership roles within the Jewish community.

Esther Tager

Advisory Board

Esther’s interest in the plight of Agunot began with her MPhil thesis which examined the history of divorce through Jewish sources and the attempts to alleviate the plight of the Agunah through the intervention of the halakhic legal process. Esther trained as a Family Mediator and worked at the Jewish Marriage Council. She was a member of the Get and Agunah Group established by then Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks following the ‘Women in The Community Review’.

JOFA UK Volunteers