Orthodox Union and U.K. Chief Rabbi Launch Virtual Pre-Pesach Speaker Series for Women

19 Mar 2020


NEW YORK – In an effort to make high quality Torah learning opportunities more accessible for women everywhere, the OU Women’s Initiative and OU Israel, both divisions of the Orthodox Union, along with the Office of the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom have launched a virtual speaker series for women focused on sharing Pesach ideas and inspiration.

The half-hour presentations will be pre-recorded and available at www.ou.org/women/video at 10:30 am ET. To receive an email reminder before each Shiur, visit https://www.ou.org/women/seder/.

“As we prepare for Pesach, it’s not just about getting our homes ready for Pesach but it’s also about spiritually preparing ourselves for the holiday,” said OU Women’s Initiative Founding Director Rebbetzin Dr. Adina Shmidman. “We’re exciting to provide a platform for women around the world to join and learn from these noted scholars.”

“We chose this virtual format so that we can offer the program to a broader range of participants and for them to participate whenever is convenient for them,” said Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Allen Fagin.

“During these trying times, we’re looking at creating as much digital Torah content as possible so that people can access it no matter where they are,” said Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane. “Our community is going through a trying time and Torah learning is the shining light which will guide us through this time. Words of Torah and Chizuk will help put us into the frame of mind for Pesach.”

Mrs. Slovie Jungreis Wolff is a noted teacher, author, relationships and parenting lecturer. She is the leader of Hineni Couples and daughter of Rebbetzen Esther Jungreis. Slovie is the author of the parenting handbook, Raising A Child With Soul. She gives weekly classes and has lectured throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Panama, and South Africa.

Mrs. Raisel Freedman is the public affairs lead at the Partnership for Jewish Schools (PaJeS). She holds a bachelor’s of science in law and politics and a masters in European Jewish History. Raisel is a graduate of the Chief Rabbi’s Ma’ayan Programme and resides in the United Kingdom with her family.

Dr. Chana G. Tannenbaum is Academic Coordinator and a senior lecturer at Bar Ilan University. Dr. Tannenbaum has an Ed.D in Education, an M.A. in Ancient Jewish History and a B.A. in Judaic Studies. Since making Aliyah in 1997 with her family, Dr. Tannenbaum has taught in many gap year programs, and lectured to adult women all over the country. 

Founded in 1898, the Orthodox Union, (OU), serves as the voice of American Orthodox Jewry, with over 400 congregations in its synagogue network. As the umbrella organization for American Orthodox Jewry, the OU is at the forefront of advocacy work on both state and federal levels, outreach to Jewish teens and young professionals through NCSY, Israel Free Spirit Birthright, Yachad and OU Press, among many other divisions and programs.