Weekly Divrei Chizuk in Support of Israel
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Adult Torah Educator; Noted Lecturer Chazak V'amatz: The Indomitable Courage, Persistence & Faith of Am Yisrael Watch Now! Thursday, November 16, 2023 More about this speakerx Mrs. Michal Horowitz
Mrs. Michal Horowitz holds a Bachelor of Science from combined studies at York University, Toronto, and Brooklyn College, NY. She holds a Master of Science from Brooklyn College, NY. She offers weekly shiurim from her home community of the Five Towns, NY, and her zoom shiurim reach audiences around the world. Michal has been a featured speaker for the last five years at the YU RIETS Shavuos Yarchei Kallah program. At the OU Women’s Initiative, she inaugurated the Torat Imecha Parsha program presenting weekly Parsha shiurim on Sefer Bereishit. Michal taught Sefer Yehoshua, Sefer Tehillim 36-41, and Sefer Divrei Hayamim II to over 5,000 women across the globe as part of the Torat Imecha Nach Yomi cycle I program. She taught Torat Imecha Nach Yomi Sefer Tehillim 1-41 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, 2021 and 2022. Michal’s weekly Parsha audio shiur, “Contemporary Parshanim,” can be found on the OU’s AllParsha App. She has been a guest lecturer and scholar in residence in schools and communities, both nationally and internationally. Michal has over 1,500 shiurim online, which can be found on OUTorah.org, YUTorah.org and TorahAnyTime.com. Michal lives in Woodmere, NY with her husband and children. Her personal story of resilience and overcoming challenges can be found on the “Rolling With the Punches” Podcast, Episode 14.Marking 85 Years Since Kristallnacht: A View From Israel Today Watch Now! Thursday, November 9th at 12pm More about this speakerx Mrs. Sivan Rahav Meir
Sivan Rahav-Meir is a media personality and lecturer. Married to Yedidya and mother of five, she lives with her family in Jerusalem. She previously went on shlichut her family, serving as the World Mizrachi Shlicha to North America, where she lectured in various communities. She works for Israel TV news, writes a column for Yediot Aharonot newspaper, and hosts a weekly radio show on Galei Zahal (Army Radio). Her lectures on the weekly Torah portion are attended by hundreds and the live broadcast attracts thousands more listeners throughout the world. Sivan lectures in Israel and overseas about the media, Judaism, Zionism and new media. She was voted by Globes newspaper as most popular female media personality in Israel and by the Jerusalem Post as one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world.How To Find Resilience In These Challenging Times Watch Now! Thursday, November 2nd at 12pm More about this speakerx Sherri Mandell
Sherri Mandell is an Israeli-American author, mother and activist. She is best known as the mother of Koby Mandell, a thirteen-year-old American boy who was murdered near their home in Tekoa in May 2001.Tears of Hope, a Program for Rachel Imenu’s Yahrzeit Watch Now! Thursday, October 26 More about this speakerx Rebbetzin Peshi Neuburger, Mrs. Slovie Jungreis-Wolff, Mrs. Hava Preil
Rebbetzin Peshi Neuburger, a beloved mentor and experienced teacher, is a graduate of Stern College for Women and holds a B.A. in mathematics. Rebbetzin Neuburger brings a wealth of diversified experience to the classroom, including adult education at Lincoln Square Synagogue, where she taught kallah classes for twenty five years. At Manhattan High School for Girls, Rebbetzin Neuburger teaches Nosim B’Chumash to Grade Twelve. At the OU Women’s Initiative, Rebbetzin Neuburger presented shiurim for the Rosh Chodesh and Three Weeks Inspiration programs, presented to Mikvah Attendants as part of the Covid Support efforts and participated in the Women’s Initiative Educators Thinktank. Rebbetzin Neuburger is the Rebbetzin of Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, NJ.
Slovie Jungreis Wolff is an acclaimed author, renowned lecturer and parenting instructor. She is one of the most sought after and passionate speakers in the Jewish world today. Slovie is the leader of Hineni Couples and has taught about life, relationships and marriage for more than 30 years. Slovie’s groundbreaking parenting handbook ‘Raising A Child With Soul ’is published by St. Martin’s Press and has been a source of guidance to parents and families all over the world. She has given workshops and lectured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Panama, Europe and Israel and has addressed thousands at South Africa’s Sinai Indaba by the invitation of Chief Rabbi Goldstien. Slovie is a popular columnist for the renowned site Aish.com where her articles about life and Judaism have inspired people worldwide. Her parenting workshops on JewishEbooks.com. has reached audiences around the globe. She is also a columnist for Ami magazine and The Jewish Press. Slovie is the daughter of Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis and continues her mother’s legacy of rekindling the spark within every soul.
Hava Preil is an enthusiastic Licensed Israeli Tour Guide. She grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and holds an MA in Judaic Studies. Hava has developed and taught accredited courses in Tanach and Jewish Ethics for Naaleh/Woodmont College and Cybersem. She currently lives in Givat Ze’ev, Israel with her family. Hava can be reached at IL:054-844-1579, USA: 845-391-0438 or at Havapreil@gmail.comWomen’s Virtual Evening of Chizuk with OU Israel L’ayla Watch Now! Wednesday, October 11, 2023 More about this speakerx Rebbetzin Dina Schoonmaker, Rebbetzin Shira Smiles, Rabbanit Shani Taragin
Mrs. Dina Schoonmaker holds a B.Ed in Tanach and English from Michlalah College, a master’s degree in Jewish history from Touro College. She has been a member of the Michlalah faculty for over 30 years and has an alumnae counseling hotline for Machal graduates. Mrs. Schoonmaker lectures internationally and gives vaadim for women, live and over zoom. At the OU, she has presented shiurim at Torah New York and the OU Women’s Initiative Weekend of Inspiration and Selichos Night Shiur and most recently has taught a class at the ALIT Summer Learning Program. Mrs. Schoonmaker resides in Yerushalayim with her husband, Rosh Yeshiva of Shapell’s/Yeshiva Darché Noam, and their children.
Shira Smiles is a Mechanechet at Darchei Bina seminary, and teaches at the OU center in Jerusalem, as well as many other adult venues.
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. 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, 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. Shani has presented many shiurim at the OU Women’s Initiative, including, introduction 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.
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