Fellowship 2024

Unique training initiative focused on supportive counseling and referral skills for women in communal roles




Learn about common psychological problems, supportive counseling skills, and the impact of distressed family relationships. 


Process with mentors to apply acquired skills to situations communal leaders face on a regular basis. 


Connect with women from across North America and develop a network of resources for referral and personal support. 

IMPACT your community as an informed leader who can provide guidance and resources for those in need.


  • Virtual Course: Weekly 2-hour sessions, including instruction and small group processing: Wednesdays evenings 8:00-10:00 PM EDT, May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, (no session June 12), 19, 26 
  • In-person Fellowship Seminar, July 15-16 in the tri-state area
  • $750 stipend plus seminar (includes $350 travel voucher from cities over 275 miles from venue)



Serving on the front line in a Jewish communal role often means being the person turned to when community members are struggling. Learn counseling skills, how to provide personal and communal support and calm crises, and gain the information necessary to make a referral to the professionals trained to work with the specific issues being presented.

This virtual training seminar will include small group mentoring providing the opportunity to apply acquired skills while receiving insight and guidance from mental health professionals serving in communal roles.

This fellowship is designed for women who do not counsel in a professional capacity.

Applications accepted until April 3, 2024 (Fellowships will be awarded on a rolling basis.)

Virtual Course Instructors

Virtual Course Topics Include:

  • Counseling skills: listening skills, building a trusting relationship, confidentiality 
  • Identifying red flags, evaluating the need and referring to appropriate specialists, application of these skills when confronting the issues addressed in this course
  • An introduction to common diagnoses affecting our communities and the impact of these conditions, including anxiety, depression, OCD
  • Understanding family systems: the impact of family of origin and early attachment, the importance of trust, communication and bonding, the impact of healthy and troubled relationships, marital conflict, challenged children, divorce/separation
  • Teens: unique challenges, influences and experiences of adolescence, psychological, emotional and physical developments, common concerns and possible pathology that may emerge during this time, the power of the parent-child attachment, importance of community leaders and how they can support families & teens, concept, theories and research on attachment and the power of attachment during this vulnerable age
  • Trauma: definitions of trauma and PTSD, impact of trauma – mind and body, Learning Brain vs. Survival Brain, healing and recovery from trauma, the helping role, Post Traumatic Growth, impacts secondary trauma and response to war in Israel and Antisemitism
  • Unique challenges of Rebbetzins, Kallah teachers, Kiruv and Chinuch Professionals – in their communal roles and personal and family lives


For more information, please contact Mrs. Adeena Mayerfeld, Assistant Director, OU Women’s Initiative, at mayerfelda@ou.org

The purpose of this course is to provide general information to assist you in your communal work with respect to when and how to refer to appropriate mental health professionals.  This course is not intended, and should not be construed, as formal training, permission to practice as a mental health counselor or for certification or license in the mental health field. 

Applications accepted until April 3, 2024 (Fellowships will be awarded on a rolling basis.)