||Two Maimonides School graduates are participating via distance learning in an acclaimed yoatzot halacha training program that is run by a fellow alumna.
Shuli (Gertel) Bossewitch ’97 and Hannah Spellman ’10 are students in Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center. The program director is Atara (Eis) Sendor ’99.
“Yoatzot halacha are certified to answer women's questions in reproductive health and Jewish law,” Atara explained. “Our curriculum includes intensive study of halacha, from its origins in Torah and Gemara, through all of the Rishonim and Acharonim, plus a comprehensive study of all medical and psychological issues that come up throughout a woman's life cycle, and leadership skills.”
Nishmat: The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women, based in Jerusalem, has been educating and certifying yoatzot halacha for 20 years, Atara continued. “In 2011, we launched the U.S.- based branch of our program. The Miriam Glaubach Center center educates and certifies yoatzot halacha in the United States and Canada and provides continuing education and support for the participants and for the communities they serve.”
“We spend two weeks in person together every summer and meet three times during the year for two days,” Atara said. “Otherwise, our students learn full-time during the summer and part-time during the year from their homes, via videoconferencing technology."
Pictured on Homepage: Atara (Sendor) Eis ’99 (left) with yoatzot halacha students Shuli (Gertel) Bossewitch) ’97 and Hannah Spellman ’10 (right).