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Founding Director, OU Women's Initiative Introduction to Shemoneh Esrei - April 16 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Rebbetzin Dr. Adina Shmidman
Rebbetzin Dr. Adina Shmidman is the director of the newly formed Department of Women’s Initiatives at the Orthodox Union. She and her husband Rabbi Avraham Shmidman are Rabbi and Rebbetzin at the Lower Merion Synagogue in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Prior to her position at the OU, she taught Advanced Placement Psychology as well as Judaic classes in addition to directing the staff professional development program at Kosloff Torah Academy Girls High School in Bala Cynwyd, PA. She previously taught at Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, Hebrew Academy of Long Beach and the Manhattan High School for Girls. While living in Birmingham, Alabama, she was the director of the Knesseth Israel Synagogue Sunday School.
Rebbetzin Dr. Shmidman earned a Teacher’s Certificate from Beth Jacob Seminary (BJJ) in Jerusalem. She graduated from Queens College in New York with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and later received a Master’s of Science in School Psychology from the same institution. She also has a Master of Arts in Jewish Education as well as a Certificate in Educational Technology from Azrieli Graduate Institute of Yeshiva University. She received a doctorate in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Learning and Instruction in the area of Literacy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She and her husband are the proud parents of four sons.Yerushalayim Hashem S'fatai Tiftach - April 17 Listen Here! 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.Mitzpe Yericho Ki Shem Hashem Ekra - April 18 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Rabbanit Fran Miller
Rabbanit Fran Miller is a graduate of the Keren Ariel Yoatzot Halacha program at Nishmat, and studied in the advanced Talmud programs in Matan and Migdal Oz. She holds a B.A. in Judaic Studies from Stern College and B.Ed. from Yeshivat Har Etzion’s Michlelet Herzog Teacher’s College. She teaches at post-high school seminaries, an Israeli elementary school, and WebYeshiva. Fran lives in Mitzpeh Yericho with her husband and four children.Teacher, Author Yerushalayim Magen Avraham - April 19 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Rivka Segal
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.Mitzpe Yericho Atah Gibor - April 20 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Zemira Ozarowski
Mrs. Zemira Ozarowski has been in the field of Jewish education for almost two decades. She currently serves as Director of Community Programming at the OU Israel Center where she runs the L’Ayla Women’s Learning Initiative. In that capacity, in addition to teaching, she runs many women’s learning programs including the monthly Rosh Chodesh seminar, mother-daughter programs, mini-midrasha programs, and more. Zemira has partnered with the OU Women’s Initiative Israel programs, helping coordinate the ALIT Summer Learning program in Israel (summer 2019) and the Pesach Ideas and Inspiration program. Additionally, she presented a recording on tefillah as part of the Counting Toward Sinai Tefillah Series. Zemira holds a master’s degree from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. She is also a certified Yoetzet Halacha and the author of the Torat Imecha Parsha Series books for children. Zemira lives with her husband and children in Mitzpe Yericho.Gush Etzion Atah Kadosh - April 21 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Leora Bednarsh
Prior to making aliyah Leora (Feigenblum) Bednarsh (ES ’84, HS ’88) was a teacher of Talmud and Halacha at YOF. She currently works as a Yoetzet Halacha on the Nishmat hotline, and teaches Talmud and Halacha, at Sha’alvim for Women, and Yeshiva University’s Midrashiyah women’s leadership program.Leora has been a kallah teacher for over 25 years, and trains kallah teachers at Yeshiva University in Israel. She is a graduate of Drisha’s Scholars’ Circle and the Keren Ariel program for Yoatzot Halacha at Nishmat. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics from Princeton University, and is currently pursuing an MSW at Wurzweiler School of Social Work. . She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.Ra'anana Kedusha - April 23 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Rabbanit Etta Bendavid
Rabbanit Etta Bendavid is the rebbetzin of Shivtei Yisrael, a large anglo synagogue in Raanana, Israel. She is a certified clinical chaplain with a private practice specializing in end-of-life, grief and spiritual support in all life transitions. Etta is also a Morah L’Halacha (Certified yoetzet halacha from Matan) and serves as a resource to the women in her community and teaches kallot. With MA degrees in Midrash/Theological Interpretation and Education, Etta teaches regularly for women in the community and at Matan. She is also a singer and leads tefilat nashim. Etta made aliyah in 2017 with her husband, Rabbi Eitan Bendavid, and they are blessed with four young children, BH.Yerushalayim Atah Chonen - April 24 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Leah Silver
Mrs. Leah Silver enjoys learning and teaching Tanach and Torah Sheba’al Peh. She has taught at several high schools in New York and New Jersey and was also a long-time junior high school morah for girls. Leah has studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum, Stern College for Women, Drisha and Matan, and now, upon making aliyah, has taught at Nishmat and Matan as well as giving over community shiurim. At the OU Women’s initiative, Leah has presented shiurim for the Rosh Chodesh and Counting Toward Sinai programs.Yerushalayim Hashiveinu - April 25 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Ms. Rivi Frankel
Ms. Rivi Frankel is the Director of Programming of Matan’s Bellows Eshkolot Fellowship. She has a B.S in Management, and an M.ed in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University She is a licensed tour guide through the Ministry of Tourism. Rivi lives in Jerusalem and teaches in Midreshet Emunah v’Omanut and Matan, as well as guiding various educational groups throughout Israel.Yerushalayim Selach Lanu - April 26 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Ms. Rivi Frankel
Ms. Rivi Frankel is the Director of Programming of Matan’s Bellows Eshkolot Fellowship. She has a B.S in Management, and an M.ed in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University She is a licensed tour guide through the Ministry of Tourism. Rivi lives in Jerusalem and teaches in Midreshet Emunah v’Omanut and Matan, as well as guiding various educational groups throughout Israel.Ramat Beit Shemesh Goeil Yisrael - April 27 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Sarah Malka Reichman
Mrs. Sara Malka (Poupko) Reichman holds a BS in both educational psychology and Jewish studies from Queens College and a master’s degree in secondary education from Azrieli School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University. She has also dedicated significant time to studying the great works of Jewish philosophy. Sara Malka has shared her passion for Torah and Jewish philosophy with her students in high school and seminary for decades, teaching at Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls, Ateret Seminary Queens College, Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim and more. Sara Malka designed an honors beit midrash program and created original curricula enabling high school students to become independent learners. She has given lecture series on a variety of topics in Jewish thought and taharat hamishpacha in communities and forums throughout the NY Metropolitan area and in Israel. At the OU Women’s Initiative, Sara Malka taught Sefer Shmuel Aleph to over 5,000 women worldwide as part of the Torat Imecha Nach Yomi Program and presented a shiur at the Siyum event. She also presented a recording on tefillah as part of the Counting Toward Sinai Tefillah Series. Ten years ago, she fulfilled a lifelong dream and moved to Israel where she and her husband are raising their family. She currently teaches at Midreshet Rachel/Shapell’s in Jerusalem.Givat Shmuel Refoeinu - April 28 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Abby Lorkis
Abby Lorkis is originally from Brooklyn, NY. She made Aliyah after spending a year learning in Israel at Midreshet Harova. She received her BA in social work from Bar Ilan University and continued to deepen her Torah studies at the Bar Ilan Midrasha. Abby is currently the assistant director of Mizrachi OU- JLIC at Bar Ilan, connecting with students and helping them foster a vibrant community as Olim here in Israel.Yerushalayim Barech Aleinu - April 30 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Rebbetzin Chana Deutsch
Chana Deutsch is a relationship expert and coach. She specializes in helping women in relationships (and not-yet-in relationships) foster the connection, intimacy and love they desire in their marriage and in their home.Chana teaches down-to-earth strategies designed for women to get in touch with, and bring forth, their authentic and vulnerable feminine self. By shifting the focus from resentment to empowerment, from control to intimacy, from feminism to femininity, Chana has become the beacon of light for women around the world who want to transform their relationships from a state of disconnect, frustration and lack of understanding to one of mutual respect, happiness, intimate communication and connection. Chana is the host of the popular With All Your Heart Interview Series and offers varied programs for women to work with her in learning skills and building new patterns and habits for greater connection in their relationships.Ramat Beit Shemesh Teka B'shofar - May 1 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Leah Feinberg
Mrs. Leah Feinberg is a master educator, who taught at Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls in Hewlett for 21 years, also serving as Tanach Department Chairperson and New Teacher Mentor. She was a popular maggedet shiur in the Woodmere community, where she taught a weekly Navi shiur for women. Since making aliyah in 2017, Leah has taught at Michlalah and the Emek Learning Center, and is a frequent lecturer at Kehillat HaElah in Ramat Beit Shemesh and at the OU Israel Center where she has lectured at Yemei Iyun, the ALIT Summer Learning Program both in person and on Zoom, and at a Beit Midrash series of classes. Leah taught Megillat Esther in the first cycle of Torat Imecha Nach Yomi and Sefer Shmuel Bet in the second cycle.Mitzpe Yericho Hashiva Shofteinu - May 2 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Sarina Novick
Sarina Novick serves as the Assistant Director of Midreshet Torah V’Avodah (MTVA), a Jerusalem-based seminary for post-high school women. She is also the Summer Program Director at Matan Jerusalem and has lectured for Matan, OU and OU Israel. Sarina, originally from the Chicago area, made Aliyah in 2014 after completing her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University, and her master’s degree in Biology Education from Columbia Teachers College. She continued her studies with the Matan Bellows Eshkolot Educators Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies. She lives with her husband and three children in Israel’s beautiful Judean desert.Yerushalayim V'lamalshinim - May 3 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Aura Sutton
Mrs. Aura Sutton has taught in the Brooklyn, NY Sephardic community for over 30 years (Magen David Yeshivah, Barkai Yeshivah & Allegra Franco). She has a BA in Jewish Philosophy and Judaic Studies from Brooklyn College, a MA in Jewish Leadership from Gratz College and is currently a doctoral student in YU Educational program. Aura and her husband recently moved to Yerushalayim from Brooklyn.Yerushalayim Al Hatzadikim - May 4 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Elana Glatt
Elana Glatt serves as the Director of Educational Programming at Michlalah, as well as a seasoned teacher and rakezet. During the summers, she leads the programming at NCSY’s Michlelet program for teenage girls as the Activities Coordinator. Elana lectures frequently on a myriad of Torah topics and runs a biweekly vaad for Asicha Seminars. She holds a Master’s degree in Jewish Education alongside an MBA in Non-Profit Management. Elana is blessed to live in Jerusalem with her husband and children.Licensed Israeli Tour Guide Givat Ze'ev V'liYerushalayim - May 5 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Hava Preil
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.comYerushalayim Et Tzemach - May 7 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Rebbetzin Yehudis GolshevskyRebbetzin Golshevsky is the director of SHIVITI. She holds primary and secondary teaching certification from Yavne Teacher’s College in Cleveland, as well as a BA from SUNY Buffalo in Classics-Judaic Studies. Rebbetzin Golshevsky has been a well-known Torah educator in Jerusalem and abroad for twenty-five years, with students all over the world. She is a published author, editor, and translator… but teaching Torah is her first love.Yerushalayim Shema Koleinu - May 8 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Rabbanit Rookie Billet
A recent olah, Rookie Billet retired from a long career as a Jewish Studies Educator, Yeshiva Principal, Shul Rebbetzin and Yoetzet Halacha in the US, and hopes to contribute to life in Israel.Yerushalayim Retzei - May 9 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Rebbetzin Abby Lerner
Abby Lerner serves as the first national director of conversion services for GPS (Geirus Policies and Standards), the network of conversion courts established in 2008 to serve communities throughout North America. In this role, Rebbetzin Lerner supports candidates through the process of conversion, answering questions, addressing concerns, and acting as a liaison to the batei din. The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) oversees the batei din and sets standards for the more-than-200 Orthodox conversions that take place every year in the United States. Prior to this position, Rebbetzin Lerner taught limudei kodesh at Yeshiva University High School for Girls in Queens, NY, for nearly three decades. She formally served as the rebbetzin of the Young Israel of Great Neck, NY, for more than four decades. She and her husband made Aliyah to Jerusalem in September of 2020.Yerushalayim Yaaleh Veyavo - May 10 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Tali Ifrah
Tali Ifrah grew up in Brooklyn, New York and went to Yeshiva of Flatbush. She then studied in MMY for two years after which she continued her intense limudei kodesh studies in Stern College. After graduating with a BA in Judaic Studies Tali pursued a Masters of Education in Azrieli Graduate School. She then made aliyah with her husband and has been teaching in seminaries in Yerushalayim ever since. Tali lives in Givat Mordechai with her husband and children. She feels blessed to be able to teach intense Chumash and various Machshava classes in Sha’alvim for Women and Michlalah.Givat Ze'ev Modim - May 11 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Leah Herzog
Leah Herzog is an educator, writer and psychologist who currently teaches at MATAN and various midrashoth, as well as international zoom classes and lectures. She also works as an instructional coach and a museum educator, and is a certified tour guide at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. Leah graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology from Barnard College, when she was also inducted into the Phi Betta Kappa society, and earned her Teacher’s Certification from Michlalah, the Jerusalem College for Women. She holds an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and continued her doctoral work in the same field; she also received certification from the Administrator Development Academy at the University of Cincinnati. Leah has taught Tanach and psychology to high school students and adults for over 30 years; in addition, Leah chaired the Tanach department at RKYHS in Livingston, NJ . Before her aliya in 2019, Leah taught Tanach and was the co-director of Israel Guidance at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck, NJ for 13 years. Leah is also a writer, a Sefaria Educator, a certified mentor and an expert in Project-Based Learning in the Jewish studies classroom. She also liaises with the human networks around people with impairments, as well as supporting and educating regarding infertility and pregnancy loss. She lives in Givat Ze’ev with her husband, Rabbi Avi Herzog and has two adult children.Yerushalayim Modim Derabanan - May 12 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Karen GoldscheiderKaren Goldscheider received her BA in Biopsychology from Barnard College and her MA in Tanach from Yeshiva University. She taught for many years at SAR High School in New York before making aliyah. Since moving to Israel she has taught in a number of seminaries, worked in curriculum development, as an educational evaluator and an online educator. She co-directs the Lishi’s Love Foundation and the In Our Hearts Project. She lives in Yerushalayim with her family.Mitzpe Yericho Al Hanissim - May 14 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Atara Starr
Atara Starr is a passionate Jewish educator currently working in Midreshet HaRova. Atara teaches Tanach, Topics in Chassidut and Jewish Philosophy. Atara is also a Mashgicha, regularly meeting with and guiding the students through their year long experience in Israel. One of the highlights of her time in HaRova is joining the girls for their annual trip to Poland where her passion for Chassidut and Jewish History come alive.
Atara is originally from New York where she studied Bible and Jewish History in Stern and earned her Masters degree in Azrieli in Jewish Education. After making Aliyah in 2011 she taught in numerous seminaries as well as working on projects in curriculum building before joining the HaRova faculty in 2016. She lives in Mitzpeh Yericho with her husband and four delicious children.Ramat Beit Shemesh Sim Shalom - May 15 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Yael Gelernter
Yael Gelernter, a Queens native, has been in the field of Jewish education for almost 20 years. Although all aspects of Judaism are exciting, Tanach is her passion. She has taught in NCSY, SKA, Ulpanat Orot, Tiferet, MMY, and Tomer Devora. She currently lives in Ramat Bet Shemesh with her family and is thrilled to be part of the Counting Toward Sinai initiative.Yerushalayim Shalom Rav - May 16 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Dini CoopersmithDini Coopersmith grew up in Israel, received her BA in Education from Michlala College and her MA in Jewish Studies from Touro college in Jerusalem.
Aish.co.il, writes and edits articles for Aish.com, has led Israeli groups on the Momentum trips, and has organized and led her own Women’s Reconnection Trips since 2011. She lives with her husband, Rabbi Nechemia Coopersmith in Jerusalem. They have 5 children and 2 grandchildren.She has taught in various seminaries in Jerusalem, has worked in education and outreach for over 30 years. She currently teaches at Baer Miriam and Shiviti, is the editor for the Hebrew websiteEducational Director, Matan Eshkolot; Torah Educator, Noted Lecturer Kfar Etzion Elokai Netzor - May 17 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Rabbanit Shani Taragin
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.Yerushalayim Yehi Ratzon - May 18 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Aviva Dworkin
Aviva Dworkin grew up in Staten Island, New York and now lives in Jerusalem with her husband and four adorable kids. She studied elementary education at Queens College and received her Master’s degree in Jewish Education from The Hebrew University. She trained to be a Tanach teacher at Matan’s Bellows Fellowship, Eshkolot Program as well as Torah Sheh Baal Peh at the Lapidot program of Matan and World Mizrachi. Aviva currently teaches at Baer Miriam seminary as well as Dror Elementary School and gives lectures at the OU Center in Jerusalem. She is also a certified kallah teacher through The Eden Center. Aviva loves to learn and use her creativity to inspire and teach others.Nof Ayalon Shabbat Maariv Shemoneh Esrei - May 19 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Dr. Chana Tannenbaum
Dr. Chana Tannenbaum lectures at Bar Ilan University, Matan, and other adult learning initiatives. She has worked as a Jewish educator, in teaching and administration, for more than 30 years. She earned her doctorate at Yeshiva University, where she was also the recipient of the Baumel award, given to the most outstanding faculty member throughout Yeshiva University. Dr. Tannenbaum made aliyah with her family in 1997, moving to Nof Ayalon.
Ramat Beit Shemesh Shabbat Shacharit Shemoneh Esrei - May 21 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Tali Pfeiffer
Mrs. Tali Pfeiffer made aliyah with her family and is currently living in Ramat Beit Shemesh. She is teaching Tanach and Machshava at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim (MMY) and Tiferet. Prior to making Aliyah, Tali was a beloved Tanach teacher and girls Torah Bowl coach at Yeshivat Frisch in Paramus, NJ. She also served as the Adult and Teen Educator at Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck, NJ. Tali received her BA in Judaic Studies with a minor in education and psychology from Stern College for Women and her MA from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration.Beit Shemesh Shabbat Mussaf Shemoneh Esrei - May 22 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Karen Hochhauser
Mrs. Karen Hochhauser lives with her family in Beit Shemesh, where she is the Director of Student Affairs at Tiferet. She has a passion for learning and teaching Torah and enjoys helping the next generation carve out their unique path in Avodat Hashem. With vast experience in both formal and informal Jewish education, Karen is a sought out teacher and mentor for women in the areas of Talmud Torah, spiritual growth, dating and family.Ramat Beit Shemesh Shabbat Mincha Shemoneh Esrei - May 23 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Rivka Yudin
Mrs Rivka Yudin is a Senior Advisor at Michlalah Seminary and Director of Michlelet NCSY. She is a popular inspirational speaker and also guides many women in relationships and dating.Yerushalayim Yom Tov Shacharit Shemoneh Esrei - May 24 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Zahava Sturm
Zahava Sturm is an alumna of Machal Michlalah Yerushalayim, and holds Masters degrees in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School and in Human Genetics from Hebrew University. She teaches in the Tanach department at Michlalah and has previously taught at other Yerushalayim Seminaries as well as at SKA high school in New York. Zahava has also worked in genetics research at Shaare Zedek Medical Center and in Biology Education at Touro College Israel. Zahava lives with her family in YerushalayimBeit Shemesh Yom Tov Mussaf Shemoneh Esrei - May 25 Listen Here! More about this speakerx Mrs. Sara Frieberg
Sara Frieberg received her BA in Judaic Studies from Stern College for Women and her MA in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. She served as the Co-Director of the OU Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) with her husband, Rabbi Adam Frieberg at Rutgers University for 3 years. They then served as the Assistant Rabbi and Rebbetzin at the Young Israel of Hollywood-Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for five years. In Hollywood, Sara also served as the Coordinator of Women’s Engagement at Young Israel. In this capacity, she created innovative programming and taught shiurim throughout the community. Sara created the Eishet Chayil Initiative, an eight-month program providing communal events for women which blend Torah perspectives with matters of time management, financial health, mental health, physical health and wellness, leadership and spirituality. This program was selected by the OU Women’s Initiative as a recipient of the Challenge Grant in 2018. Subsequently, Sara served as a coordinator for the Women’s Initiative Create and Connect Program in which she guided women in communities across the US to create similar programming in their communities. Sara and her family fulfilled their dream of Aliyah this past summer, and are living in the amazing Sheinfeld community in Beit Shemesh.