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Join women of all ages from across North America and Israel at ALIT, a dynamic two-week online learning program.
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Experience six comprehensive courses covering unique Torah subjects, from machshava to Tanach to Jewish history. Engage in interactive high-level classes and connect directly with our educators. It's an opportunity for meaningful learning and connection, right from your home.
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The cost is $30 for one course, $60 for two courses, $90 for three courses and $120 for all six courses. Subsidies are available if the cost is difficult to manage at this time. Synagogue registration provides congregants with free registration for all six courses. Please email ouwomen@ou.org for more information.
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Mrs. Shalvie Friedman
Mrs. Shalvie Friedman
Jewish studies teacher at Hasmonean Girls High School in the UK, a senior educator for Aish UK, Yoetzet Halacha
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Monday July 29
9:30-10:30 AM EDT
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Wednesday July 31
9:30-10:30 AM EDT
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Monday August 5
9:30-10:30 AM EDT
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Wednesday August 7
9:30-10:30 AM EDT
Soulful Strides: Exploring the Mussar Movement and Its Masters

Discovering the world of Mussar is an eye opening and humbling endeavor. In this four-part series we will explore the history behind a movement that changed world Jewry. We will uncover the lives and teachings of some of the most refined legends of self-mastery. We will distinguish between different schools of Mussar, their focuses and their weaknesses and we will try understand the all-but disappearance of this critical movement.
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Dr. Danielle Bloom
Dr. Danielle Bloom
Tanach Department Chair at Naaleh High School for Girls
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Monday July 29
10:45-11:45 AM EDT
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Wednesday July 31
10:45-11:45 AM EDT
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Monday August 5
10:45-11:45 AM EDT
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Wednesday August 7
10:45-11:45 AM EDT
Desert Dilemmas: Exploring Meraglim, Korach, Mei Meriva and Baal Peor

In this four-part series, we will delve into four sins depicted in the book of Bamidbar. Each episode will involve an in-depth analysis of the text and relevant commentaries, both ancient and modern, to uncover the motivations and consequences of these actions. Additionally, we will explore the underlying impulses that continue to influence our behavior today. Be"H, by applying these timeless lessons to our lives, we can grow into better, more mindful individuals.
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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 29
8:00-9:00 PM EDT
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Wednesday July 31
8:00-9:00 PM EDT
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Monday August 5
8:00-9:00 PM EDT
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Wednesday August 7
8:00-9:00 PM EDT
Combined Course
Ties That Bind: Eretz Yisrael and the Redemption of Captives in Jewish History; "And I Will Dwell in Them": Jewish visual culture of synagogue architecture, ornament and design

Ties That Bind: Eretz Yisrael and the Redemption of Captives in Jewish History (Mrs. Rivka Maron) Throughout millennia, two enduring points of connection have served as pillars of unity among Jews worldwide: Our sacred tie to the land of our ancestors, Eretz Yisrael, and our unwavering commitment to one another. We will explore the true nature and depth of these sacred ties by tracing their manifestation at pivotal moments in Jewish history—From the aftermath of the destruction of the second Temple and Roman enslavement, through the Golden Age of Tzfat, the tumultuous period of the Cossack revolts and Jewish captivity in Poland, and the unique phenomenon of Jews in Pirate captivity. The classes will incorporate halakhic tests, communal ordinances, and historical correspondence to highlight these powerful ties of support and solidarity. "And I Will Dwell in Them": Jewish visual culture of synagogue architecture, ornament and design (Abigail H. Meyer) Join us as art historian Abigail H. Meyer returns to explore the Jewish visual arts of synagogue architecture, ornament and design from late antiquity and the diaspora. Visual lectures will survey the iconography, history and significance of works of painting, mosaic and architectural design in historic synagogues.
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Ruhama Welcher
Ruhama Welcher
Director of the Chief Rabbi’s Office of Education in South Africa and Torah Educator
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Tuesday July 30
9:30-10:30 EDT
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Thursday August 1
9:30-10:30 EDT
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Tuesday August 6
9:30-10:30 EDT
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Thursday August 8
9:30-10:30 EDT
Messengers of Machshava: Rav Tzadok, Maharal, Malbim, Rav Kook

This series explores powerful and contemporary themes in the teachings of the Maharal, the Malbim, Rav Tzadok and Rav Kook. It explores topics such as the nature and cause of antisemitism, new perspectives on teshuva, and how darkness is essential to self-transformation. Each class is text-based, standalone and will include some historical context and background for a deepened understanding of the person behind the texts.
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Mrs. Michal Horowitz
Mrs. Michal Horowitz
Adult Torah Educator; Noted Lecturer
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Tuesday July 30
10:45-11:45 AM EDT
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Thursday August 1
10:45-11:45 AM EDT
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Tuesday August 6
10:45-11:45 AM EDT
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Thursday August 8
10:45-11:45 AM EDT
Elevating Perspectives: Reflections on Tehillim 120-134 ​

Our course will be studying insights into the Shir Ha'Maalot chapters of Tehilim. Together we will explore ancient words which have become the lifeline of prayer, supplication, connection and hope for our nation. While the words and prayers of Sefer Tehillim are relevant at all times, since October 7/Swords of Iron, our nation has been thrust into an ongoing state of turmoil, making the words of Tehillim even more relevant, impactful, powerful and necessary. The series will be text based (all material will be translated into English during the classes), and we will delve into the commentators understanding of the chapters, as well as deriving lessons, insights and chizuk from the verses for the times in which we live.
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Dr. Hindi Posy
Dr. Hindi Posy
Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Lawyer, Rebbetzin at Beth Jacob Congregation
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Tuesday July 30
8:00-9:00 PM EDT
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Thursday August 1
8:00-9:00 PM EDT
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Tuesday August 6
8:00-9:00 PM EDT
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Thursday August 8
8:00-9:00 PM EDT
"Eim Kol Chai": Medical Perspectives on the Torah Stories of Creation and Motherhood

We will delve into new stories of women in Tanakh from a Women's Health perspective. We will analyze the story of Chava's creation and that of Tamar's triumph over childlessness, highlighting beautiful life messages of medical science and Torah living. 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
Jewish studies teacher at Hasmonean Girls High School in the UK, a senior educator for Aish UK, Yoetzet Halacha

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. 

Ruhama Welcher
Ruhama Welcher
Director of the Chief Rabbi’s Office of Education in South Africa and Torah Educator

Ruhama has been teaching Torah and training teachers in London, the USA and South Africa for 20 years. She is the director of the Chief Rabbi’s Office of Education, and is getting her PhD in Education and International Development at University College London. She lives in Johannesburg with her husband and children.

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 an art historian, curator and museum educator specializing in Jewish visual arts and material culture with experience in various art-world sectors including collection management and practices, museum interpretation, connoisseurship and provenance research. Abigail was 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, and the researcher for Judaica at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts where she was responsible for the scholarship, research, acquisitions and expansion of its Judaica collection. Abigail consults for museums, universities, libraries, research institutions and private collectors as an independent visual-arts professional specializing in rare Hebrew books, illuminated manuscripts, ritual objects and fine art. As a freelance curator, she has created exhibitions, authored catalogues and serves as an advisor for several Jewish art initiatives. Abigail develops educational programming, crafts museum tours and lectures on art history to draw greater attention to ritual and decorative objects and art relating to Jewish history, cultural heritage and experience.

Dr. Danielle Bloom
Dr. Danielle Bloom
Tanach Department Chair at Naaleh High School for Girls

Dr. Danielle Bloom has been teaching Torah and psychology for over twenty years. She serves as the Tanach Department Chair at Naaleh High School for Girls in Fair Lawn, NJ. Her passion is applying the ancient Torah text to our lives today. A graduate of Stern College for Women, with a master’s degree from Touro College, Danielle completed her doctorate in Jewish education and administration at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University. 

Dr. Hindi Posy
Dr. Hindi Posy
Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Lawyer, Rebbetzin at Beth Jacob Congregation

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 virtual 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 a 2-week online learning program attracting women of all ages from across North America and Israel. There are six different in-depth course options, covering a wide range of Torah topics. There is a focus on interactive classes, connecting participants with the educators and with each other. All courses offer a high level of learning with an emphasis on source-based learning. Hebrew sources will be translated.
Can I register for only some courses?
Yes. You may register for one course or as many courses as you would like. There are six course topics offered in total.
What is the cost of the program?
The cost is $30 for one course, $60 for two courses, $90 for three courses and $120 for all six courses. Subsidies are available if the cost is difficult to manage at this time. Synagogue members who belong to participating ALIT synagogues can receive all courses for free. Please email ouwomen@ou.org for more information.

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Congregation KINS of West Rogers Park Kingsway Jewish Center Kemp Mill Synagogue Lower Merion Synagogue Young Israel of West Hempstead