Founding Director, OU Women's Initiative Omer Day 1: Introduction to Tefillah 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.Adult Torah Educator; Noted Lecturer Omer Day 2: Tefillah in the Torah More about this speakerx Mrs. Michal Horowitz
Mrs. Michal Horowitz holds a Bachelor of Science from combined studies at York University, Toronto, and Brooklyn College, NY. She holds a Master of Science from Brooklyn College, NY. She offers weekly shiurim from her home community of the Five Towns, NY, and her zoom shiurim reach audiences around the world. Michal has been a featured speaker for the last five years at the YU RIETS Shavuos Yarchei Kallah program. At the OU Women’s Initiative, she inaugurated the Torat Imecha Parsha program presenting weekly Parsha shiurim on Sefer Bereishit. Michal taught Sefer Yehoshua, Sefer Tehillim 36-41, and Sefer Divrei Hayamim II to over 5,000 women across the globe as part of the Torat Imecha Nach Yomi cycle I program. She taught Torat Imecha Nach Yomi Sefer Tehillim 1-41 for cycle II. Michal presented Rosh Chodesh, Selichot Night and Nach Yomi Siyum shiurim and taught in-depth courses at the ALIT Virtual Summer Learning Programs of 2020, 2021 and 2022. Michal’s weekly Parsha audio shiur, “Contemporary Parshanim,” can be found on the OU’s AllParsha App. She has been a guest lecturer and scholar in residence in schools and communities, both nationally and internationally. Michal has over 1,500 shiurim online, which can be found on OUTorah.org, YUTorah.org and TorahAnyTime.com. Michal lives in Woodmere, NY with her husband and children. Her personal story of resilience and overcoming challenges can be found on the “Rolling With the Punches” Podcast, Episode 14.Educational consultant and Rebbetzin at Kahal Lev Avos, North Woodmere, NY Omer Day 3: Tefillat Moshe More about this speakerx Rebbetzin Tzipora Weinberg
Rebbetzin Tzipora Weinberg is an acclaimed lecturer, educator and consultant, serving museums and educational institutions in the US and abroad, with specialization in the fields of Tanakh and Holocaust Education. She is the founding Director of The WELL, a groundbreaking daytime women’s learning center in Brooklyn and Rebbetzin of Kahal Lev Avos in North Woodmere. At the OU Women’s Initiative, Rebbetzin Weinberg presented a Rosh Chodesh shiur, a shiur on tefillah as part of the Counting Toward Sinai Tefillah Series, and Sefer Tehillim 42-89 for Torat Imecha Nach Yomi.