Want to learn how to write an op-ed?

January 29, 2024 by Nomi Kaltmann
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Kicking off 2024, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Australia is offering 12 Australian women an opportunity to learn how to write an opinion editorial piece fit for a newspaper.

“JOFA Australia is excited to partner with JOFA in the United States to offer a joint training course for Australian women so that they can learn how to write an opinion editorial piece,” said JOFA Australia president, Nomi Kaltmann.

“We are thrilled that woman in the Australian Jewish community will be able to share their thoughts and opinions and receive training that will help them write persuasively.”

The two-part writers workshop will equip women with the fundamentals for navigating the complex world of op-eds, from brainstorming your ideas, to crafting compelling pieces, and successfully pitching them to publications.

“This is not just another writing workshop, it’s a transformative experience with a cohort of talented Orthodox women, who will support each other through the process,” said Kaltmann. “When we ran this course at the end of 2023 for the first time, demand outstripped the places available, and all 12 women wrote opinion pieces, with many publishing them in major newspapers.”

Since October 7th, many women have wanted to respond to rising antisemitism or write about their experience, this program is aiming to provide them with the tools. In times of turmoil and uncertainty, it is vital that women have the chance to speak up and share their perspectives and concerns.

Since launching in 2021, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Australia has provided opportunities to Australian women that actively promote leadership and support women’s Torah learning, public speaking, teaching and engagement. To date, 270 Australian women have received scholarships to complete training courses.

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