EDUCATION AND INSPIRATION FOR WOMEN

The OU Women’s Initiative works with Orthodox communities worldwide to identify and address women’s spiritual, educational, and communal needs.

Through a range of innovative Torah learning opportunities as well as leadership training for women in communal positions, the Women’s Initiative supports women in their myriad roles and in all ages and stages of life.

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Photo on left: Ms. Sarah Lipman teaching The Infinite Value of the Individual: Themes of Sefer Bereshit Through the Commentary of Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch, ALIT Virtual Beit Midrash.
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TORAT IMECHA NACH YOMI

BRINGING WOMEN TOGETHER THROUGH LEARNING

Since launching in January 2020 as part of the Shoshana Grossman a”h Nach Yomi program, this daily Nach podcast, dedicated by Eta Brandman Klaristenfeld in memory of her aunt, Malka Nussbaum, Malka Esther Bat Tzvi Yoseph, brings together over 5,700 subscribers worldwide. Women scholars deliver shiurim on the books of Prophets (Nevi’im) and Writings (Ketuvim), geared toward learners of all levels.

Daily Nach has over 5,700 subscribers worldwide.


NOTED EDUCATORS PRESENT MONTHLY SHIURIM FOR ROSH CHODESH LUNCH 'N LEARN

Mrs. Shira Hochheimer, Data & Technology Coordinator, WITS, Baltimore, MD, delivers "How to Create Impactful Virtual Presentations."

THE ART OF SPEAKING

More than 60 female lay leaders in North America and Israel participated in “The Art of Speaking,” a three-month-long virtual advanced public speaking training seminar led by professional speakers and executive coaches. At the end of the program, every participant presented a five-minute talk on a topic of her choice. Following the seminar’s completion, WI invited graduates of the program to serve as presenters for the annual “Counting Toward Sinai” pre-Shavuot series, putting the skills they learned to use.

VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES

SHOWCASING JEWISH WOMEN ROLE MODELS

Originated by Meira Ives, a junior at YULA Girls High School in Los Angeles, InfluenceHER is a monthly virtual program for 11th and 12th grade students. With over 150 participants from 14 high schools across North America, the program introduces girls to Orthodox Jewish women who are making an impact on the Jewish community and the world at large in unique ways. Meira developed the idea to highlight women role models in the Orthodox community. Presenters have included Olympic-qualified runner Beatie Deutsch and U.S. Ping-Pong champion Estee Ackerman.





Sponsored by the Gindi family of Los Angeles.

ALIT: SUMMER BEIT MIDRASH

Featuring popular female Torah speakers as well as up-and-coming lecturers, a virtual summer Beit Midrash program brought intensive, in-depth Torah study to women. Made possible by a grant in honor of Max and Yetty Monderer A”H from the Emanuel and Helen Adler Foundation, program topics included Jewish history, Tanach, Tikkun HaMiddot, and Halacha.



IDEAS & INSPIRATION: TORAH LEARNING

Participation continues to rise in the ongoing text-based and experiential video and audio shiurim, which focus on each upcoming holiday through the lens of art, architecture, travel, history, literature, and psychology.

The Ideas and Inspiration themed programs included Chanukah, Tu B'Shevat, Pesach, Shavuot, and Yemei Ratzon.


VIRTUAL SUMMIT: POST-COVID STRATEGIES

Over 150 women from dozens of communities around the world attended the OU Women’s Initiative Virtual Leadership Summit in May, where they networked and strategized with the focus on navigating the post-COVID-19 transition.

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