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: Avital Levin, LMSW, Director of Education, Shalom Task Force, at the Sense and Sensitivity Mikvah Attendant Professional Development Seminar.
Photo on right: "Shavuot Ideas and Inspiration" featured top educators and scholars delivering a series of virtual programs in preparation for Shavuot.
6,000+
WOMEN IN 38 STATES ACROSS 27 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATE IN TORAT IMECHA NACH YOMI
1,641
PARTICIPANTS IN COUNTING TOWARD SINAI,THE COVID-19 TEFILL AH PROGRAM
200+
MIKVAH ATTENDANTS ON THE WHATSAPP MIKVAH ATTENDANT TRAINING SUPPORT GROUP
1,500+
WOMEN COME TOGETHER VIRTUALLY IN THE ROSH CHODESH INITIATIVE

AN ANCHOR DURING COVID-19

Torat Imecha Nach Yomi: Bringing Women Together Through Learning

Launched January 9th as part of the Shoshana Grossman a”h Nach Yomi program, this daily Nach podcast has brought together over 6,000 participants around the world. Women scholars deliver shiurim on the books of Prophets (Nevi’im) and Writings (Ketuvim), geared toward learners of all levels. Noted Rebbetzin Dr. Adina Shmidman, the Women’s Initiative’s founding director, “Living through this global mayhem, we are rediscovering just how relevant the words of the prophets are today.”

Virtual Torah Learning

Ideas & Inspiration:

Ongoing text-based and experiential video and audio shiurim focus on each upcoming holiday through the lens of art, architecture, travel, history, literature, and psychology.

Counting Toward Sinai and Yemei Ratzon:

Powerful shiurim emphasized the power of prayer during these challenging times.

Virtual Beit Midrash:

This summer, over 100 women took part in the Beit Midrash’s ALIT three-week text-based learning program focused on halacha, Tanach, and Tikun HaMiddot.

Rosh Chodesh Virtual Lunch 'n Learn:

Thousands of women take part in this video series, hosted by a different woman scholar each Rosh Chodesh.

Professional Development for Mikvah Attendants

In every age, mikvah attendants are on the front lines of our community, maintaining kedusha(holiness) and tahara (purity)—and this has been especially true during COVID-19. Since 2018, the OU Women’s Initiative has been providing professional training and development for mikvah attendants and directors to better support their clients’ medical and mental health needs.

During the pandemic, these needs, and the role of the mikvah attendant, have increased exponentially. Attendants must create and uphold safety protocols in consultation with infectious disease doctors and rabbanim, in addition to ensuring an emotionally and spiritually uplifting experience for their mikvah clients. To meet this new reality, the Women’s Initiative provides training, support, and networking in virtual forums and workshops attended by hundreds of mikvah attendants worldwide.

Virtual Summit

Over 150 women from dozens of communities around the world attended the OU Women’s Initiative virtual summit in June, where they networked and strategized, facing the impact of COVID-19 and its aftermath together.

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