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The program is designed to offer 2 week courses, with a focus on interactive classes, connecting participants with the educators and with each other
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Our speakers includes Mrs. Shalvie Friedman, Mrs. Michal Horowitz, Mrs. Rivka Maron, Abigail H. Meyer, Dr. Hindi Posy, Mrs. Rivka Segal, and Rabbanit Shani Taragin
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Rabbanit Shani Taragin
Rabbanit Shani Taragin
Educational Director, Matan Eshkolot; Torah Educator, Noted Lecturer
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Tuesday, July 11
8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
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Thursday, July 13
8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
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Tuesday, July 18
8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
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Thursday, July 20
8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
Description
Money and Mitzvot Matters

In our four-part series, we will learn various mitzvot about monetary issues and halachic guidelines as proscribed in Choshen Mishpat. The goal of the course is to promote awareness of how monetary halachot commonly apply in our daily lives and sensitize us to how to properly deal with others. Topics include: What is the best way to give Tzedaka? May tuition payment count as maaser kesafim? I damaged an item – Do I pay full retail price or the owner’s cost price? May I charge my cellphone in shul without asking permission? May I borrow money from the Tzedaka box? Am I responsible for an uncashed check? Be’ezrat Hashem, this course will enhance our monetary-halachic knowledge and strengthen our observance of what really matters – the mitzvot which we meticulously perform!
Speakers
Mrs. Rivka Maron
Mrs. Rivka Maron
PhD Candidate, Jewish History Teacher, WITS and Bais Yaakov of Baltimore
Abigail H. Meyer
Abigail H. Meyer
Researcher of Judaica, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Monday July 10
8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
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Wednesday July 12
8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
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Monday July 17
8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
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Wednesday July 19
8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
Description Combined Course
Beyond Rav Saadya Gaon with Mrs. Rivka Maron AND In the Shadow of the Beit Hamikdash Revisited: Jewish Art and Architecture of Antiquity with Abigail H. Meyer

The Geonim navigated and led the Jewish people through an era that witnessed monumental political and religious developments that impacted Judaism on a global scale. The rise of Islam and the subsequent conquest brought 98% of world Jewry under Muslim rule. Within the Jewish world, the Geonim were responsible for the dissemination of the written version of Gemarah--still in its infancy. In addition, they waged a fierce battle against the dynamic, intellectually appealing, and politically powerful Karaite sect. In these sessions, participants will have the opportunity to analyze primary and secondary sources that shed light on the attitude of early Jewish tribes in Arabia to Mohammed, his teachings, and the spread of Islam. The classes will also offer insight into the complex network of Yeshivot designed by the Geonim for the purpose of spreading Gemarah, the position of the exilarch in the Geonic world, and the appeal of Karaism. Students will emerge with a deeper appreciation for a period in Jewish history that is often overlooked. __________________________________________________________________________________________ Join us as art historian Abigail Meyer returns to explore the Jewish visual arts of the late antiquity and diaspora. Visual lectures will survey the iconography, history and significance of works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and material culture.
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Mrs. Michal Horowitz
Mrs. Michal Horowitz
Adult Torah Educator; Noted Lecturer
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Tuesday July 11
10:45 - 11:45 am EST
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Thursday July 13
10:45 - 11:45 am EST
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Tuesday July 18
10:45 - 11:45 am EST
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Thursday July 20
10:45 - 11:45 am EST
Description
Tikkun HaMiddot based on the Iggeret Ha'Ramban

This course, in which we will study character development & refinement, will be based on the famous Iggeret Ha'Ramban. One of our greatest scholars, Biblical commentators and Torah luminaries, the Ramban (1194, Spain - 1270, Israel) penned this letter to his son shortly before his death. In it, the Ramban instructs his son regarding the necessary and proper middot for service of G-d and man. Our course will learn through this letter, delving into the middot the Ramban encourages us all to attain and cultivate within ourselves.
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Alit2023
Alit2023
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Tuesday July 11
9:30 - 10:30 am EST
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Thursday July 13
9:30 - 10:30 am EST
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Tuesday July 18
9:30 - 10:30 am EST
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Thursday July 20
9:30 - 10:30 am EST
Description
"Rifah Na Lah": A Contemporary Medical Perspective on Women's Health in Tanakh

Together, we will delve into several stories of women in Tanakh and the Women's Health-related challenges they encountered. Examples include Sorah's struggle with infertility and Rivka's complicated twin pregnancy. The shiurim will be text-based and focus on an analysis of the pesukim and their associated meforshim through the lens of contemporary Obstetrics and Gynecology. No prior knowledge of medicine required and all texts will be translated during the course of the shiur.
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Mrs. Shalvie Friedman
Mrs. Shalvie Friedman
Educator
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Monday July 10
10:45 - 11:45 am EST
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Wednesday July 12
10:45 - 11:45 am EST
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Monday July 17
10:45 - 11:45 am EST
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Wednesday July 19
10:45 - 11:45 am EST
Description
The 3 Principles - Faith According to the Sefer Haikrim

Many are familiar with the concept "principles of faith" from the famous 13 principles set out by the Rambam in the 12th century. It was later, in the 15th century, that Rabbi Yosef Elbo wrote his ground-breaking book Sefer Haikrim, outlining the three fundamentals on which all of Jewish Faith is built. This course will delve into these pillars, understanding the life and life's work of this important Jewish philosopher.
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Mrs. Rivka Segal
Mrs. Rivka Segal
Teacher, Author
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Monday July 10
9:30 - 10:30 am EST
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Wednesday July 12
9:30 - 10:30 am EST
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Monday July 17
9:30 - 10:30 am EST
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Wednesday July 19
9:30 - 10:30 am EST
Description
Living Tehillim: Find Yourself in the Songs of Tehillim

In this series we will study various Tehillim that are particularly appropriate for the time of the Three Weeks. Class 1: Introduction to the Power of Tehillim: The Study of Tehillim Mizmor 1 and Mizmor 150 Class 2: The Glorious Summertime in Yerushalayim: Living the Dream. Mizmor 122 Class 3: When we don't know where to go next....Moshe's timeless songs for the Jews in the desert and for all those who feel that they are wandering in the wilderness. Mizmor 90 and 91 Class 4: Using Tehillim to transform our Exile to Geulah: A comparison of Mizmor 137 and 126
Speakers
Mrs. Shalvie Friedman
Mrs. Shalvie Friedman
Educator

Mrs. Shalvie Friedman grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa and received her BSc in Mathematics from the University of South Africa. Shalvie is a Jewish studies teacher at Hasmonean Girls High School in the UK, a senior educator for Aish UK and a Yoetzet Halacha. In 2020, Shalvie set up Chelkeinu, an organization of Jewish Futures, dedicated to learning and leadership for women in the community.

Mrs. Michal Horowitz
Mrs. Michal Horowitz
Adult Torah Educator; Noted Lecturer

Michal Horowitz delivers weekly shiurim in her community of the Five Towns, NY, while her zoom shiurim reach audiences around the world. She has been a scholar in residence in schools and communities, nationally and internationally. In September 2023, Michal was a keynote speaker at Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’ Pre-Yamim Noraim Conference, for the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. At the OU Women’s Initiative, she inaugurated the Torat Imecha Parsha program presenting weekly shiurim on Sefer Bereishit. Michal taught Yehoshua, Tehillim 36-41, and Divrei Hayamim II to over 5,000 women across the globe as part of the Torat Imecha Nach Yomi cycle I. She taught Tehillim 1-41, and Mishlei for cycle II.  Michal presented Rosh Chodesh, Selichot Night and Nach Yomi Siyum shiurim and taught in-depth courses at the ALIT Virtual Summer Learning Programs of 2020, ’21, ’22, and ’23.  Michal’s weekly OU Parsha shiur can be found on the AllParsha App. She has thousands of audio and video shiurim online.  Her writings have been published in YU’s Torah-To-Go, HaMizrachi, the OU’s Jewish Action magazine, and most recently in “Reclaiming Dignity: A Guide to Tzniut”.  Her story can be found on all major streaming platforms on the “Rolling With the Punches” Podcast, Episode 14, Sounds of Silence. Michal lives in Woodmere, NY with her husband and family. 

Mrs. Rivka Maron
Mrs. Rivka Maron
PhD Candidate, Jewish History Teacher, WITS and Bais Yaakov of Baltimore

Mrs. Rivka Maron attended Michlalah Jerusalem College where she received her undergraduate degree in Holocaust studies. She received a master’s degree in medieval Jewish history from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, Yeshivah University. Rivka is currently a doctoral student (ABD) at University of Maryland College Park where she is working on her dissertation, studying Rabbi Samuel Aboab and the Jews of Early Modern Venice. She teaches Jewish history at Bais Yaakov of Baltimore and at Women’s Institute of Torah Learning and College (WITS). 

Abigail H. Meyer
Abigail H. Meyer
Researcher of Judaica, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Abigail H. Meyer is the Researcher of Judaica at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts where she is responsible for the scholarship and research, acquisitions and expansion of its Judaica collection, and programming to draw greater attention to objects and art relating to Jewish history, cultural heritage and experience. In a cross-collection dialogue of Jewish visual art, Abigail takes a deep dive into ritual objects and material culture at the Met to tell the story of Jewish cultural exchange throughout time and place and curating an exhibition of Judaica featuring the MET’s holdings. Previously the Head of Department of Ceremonial Objects and Fine Art at the leading boutique auction house specializing in Judaica in New York City for nearly two decades, Abigail continues her work with rare Hebrew books and manuscripts. As a freelance curator, she creates exhibitions for, and advises on, several Judaica and Jewish art initiatives, crafts museum tours and lectures on Jewish art history, material culture and decorative arts. Abigail also consults for museums, universities, research institutions and private collectors as an independent fine-arts professional. 

Mrs. Rivka Segal
Mrs. Rivka Segal
Teacher, Author

Mrs. Rivka Segal is a leader in adult Jewish education who has taught Torah to women and girls of all ages for more than thirty years. Before making aliyah from Baltimore, MD, taught in Bais Yaakov High School and Maalot Baltimore and was the director of the Rebbitzen Frieda K. Hirmes Women’s Institute of Torah. After moving to Israel in 2005, she founded the L’Ayla Women’s Initiative in Jerusalem. She is a sought-after speaker, known for her creativity and ability to excite and engage audiences of all ages. For the past fifteen years, she has made Tehillim come alive for thousands of people. She is currently in the process of completing a five-volume series entitled Living Tehillim. To date, three volumes have been published. To find out more about the “Living Tehillim” initiative or to contact Mrs. Segal, visit her website at www.livingtehillim.com. 

Rabbanit Shani Taragin
Rabbanit Shani Taragin
Educational Director, Matan Eshkolot; Torah Educator, Noted Lecturer

Rabbanit Shani Taragin received her B.A. and M.A. in Tanakh and Talmud from Bar-Ilan University and is a graduate of Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Program for certification as a halachic advisor (yoetzet halacha) in issues of family purity law. She is the educational director of Matan Eshkolot – Tanakh teachers’ education program and of the Morot l’Halacha program in Matan Renana.

Rabbanit Shani serves on the advisory committee for the Mizrachi Olami Shalhevet program for shlichim and lectures throughout Israel and North America on topics of Tanakh, Jewish Education, and Jewish Law. She is a senior lecturer in Matan and is the curriculum coordinator for the Matan – Bnei Akiva program (MTVA). In addition, Rabbanit Shani is a Ra’mit Tanakh in Midreshet Lindenbaum and teaches at Migdal Oz, the Women’s Beit Medrash of Efrat and Gush Etzion and in Matan Ramat Shiloh.

She has presented many shiurim at the OU Women’s Initiative, including, introductory shiurim to each sefer of the Torat Imecha Nach Yomi Program, Weekend of Inspiration and Selichot Night Shiurim, ALIT Summer Learning Program courses in Israel and in the USA, and Rosh Chodesh shiurim.

Together with her husband, Reuven, she serves as Rosh Beit Medrash for the Beit Medrash Program in Machaneh Moshava Pennsylvania during the summer and as Educational Director of Mizrachi Olami-RZA. Shani lives with her family in Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion-Israel.

Dr. Hindi Posy
Dr. Hindi Posy
Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine. Associate Rebbetzin

Rebbetzin Hindi Posy, MD, JD is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with a subspecialty in high-risk obstetrics. Dr. Posy is the Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where she also serves as the Associate Program Director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program. At Harbor-UCLA, Dr. Posy chairs the Medical-legal Committee and is a member of the Medical Ethics Committee. She is also active as a medical-legal consultant and an expert witness in obstetrics.

Dr. Posy has been a Rebbetzin at Beth Jacob Congregation in Los Angeles since 2010, where her husband, Rabbi Adir Posy, is the Associate Rabbi in addition to his position as the National Director of Synagogue Initiatives at the Orthodox Union (OU). Dr. Posy is also on faculty at YULA High School Girls Division, where she teaches a variety of seminars, including Women’s Health in Tanach and Living as a Frum Woman in the Secular Professional World.

Dr. Posy grew up in Los Angeles, attending local Jewish day and high schools. She then studied at Michlalah Yerushalayim, where she completed the Certificate of Teaching program there. Dr. Posy earned her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Johns Hopkins University and a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Posy then completed a law degree at Southwestern Law School, after which she passed the California State Bar.

Dr. Posy has won multiple teaching awards and is a sought-after lecturer and speaker both locally and nationally. In addition to the many shiurim she gives within her Los Angeles community, Dr. Posy has been an invited plenary speaker at national conferences and has run myriad workshops on Women’s Health in Tanach and Halacha and on leadership, parenting, time management and work-life balance. Dr. Posy loves being involved in the Jewish community and gives shiurim regularly and volunteers as assistant coach for her boys’ sports teams. Most of all, Dr. Posy loves being a mom to her nine sons.

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FAQ
What is the Max and Yetty Monderer a"h ALIT program?
ALIT is a summer Beit Midrash women's learning program of the OU Women's Initiative. It has been dedicated in memory of Max and Yetty Monderer a"h.
What is unique about this program?
ALIT is an online learning program attracting women of all ages from across North America and Israel. The program is designed to offer 2 week courses, with a focus on interactive classes, connecting participants with the educators and with each other.
On what level will the courses be taught?
Courses will be taught on a high level. Hebrew sources will be translated.
Where will ALIT take place?
The ALIT program is virtual; it will take place "live" via Zoom.
Can I register for part of the program?
Yes. You may register for as many courses as you would like.
What is the cost for this program?
The cost is $25 for one course, $50 for two courses and $75 for three or more courses. Please note: Subsidies are available if the cost will be difficult to manage at this time. Please email ouwomen@ou.org for more information.

For additional questions, please send an email to ouwomen@ou.org

Participating Synagogues
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Anshe Chesed, Linden, NJ Lower Merion Synagogue, Bala Cynwyd, PA Young Israel of West Hempstead, West Hempstead, NY Emek Bracha, Palo Alto, CA Agudas Shalom, Stamford, CT Lower Merion Synagogue, Bala Cynwyd, PA Kingsway Jewish Center, Brooklyn, NY