Women of All Ages Will Be Able to Study in Teaneck Beit Midrash Summer Program

Jun 14, 2007 — Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future will sponsor the Teaneck Beit Midrash Summer Program for Women, the first program of its kind at Yeshiva University designed to provide women of all ages with the knowledge and tools to become both Judaic scholars and role models for the Orthodox community. The program will take place at Maayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls from July 2-26.

The Teaneck Beit Midrash Summer Program is administered by fellows of Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS), which advances a higher level of education for women in traditional communities, creates a movement of women’s learning, and shares their scholarship with the Jewish community.

“This is an outgrowth of our commitment to women’s leadership and Jewish education,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, dean of CJF. “This unique venture follows on the heels of Midreshet Yom Rishon–our Sunday learning program for women on the YU campus–the GPATS program, and numerous leadership fellowships for women. This is just the beginning.”

The Teaneck Beit Midrash will offer a multi-faceted agenda tailored to different segments of the community. The Youth Program has four components: chavruta [partner-style] learning for elementary, middle school, and high school girls; Mishnah Madness for girls in grades 5-8; and the Mitzvah of the Week Workshop and Pizza and Parsha, both for girls from grades 1-8.

“I am excited to be a part of this unique initiative,” said Malka Adatto, coordinator of the program. “The Teaneck Beit Midrash is the type of opportunity I yearned for in elementary school and high school. We have put together a program that fosters relationships with girls who will continue on a path of learning and leadership.”

The faculty for the community program will be Rebbetzin Smadar Rosensweig, a Stern College faculty member, who will discuss the “Haftarot of Calamity and Consolation” on Thursdays. Elana Stein Hain, a graduate of the GPATS program and currently the William Fischman Resident Scholar at The Jewish Center in Manhattan, will lecture on “Legal Loopholes: Case Studies in Halakhha” on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Rabbi Brander will give a shiur on Monday, July 16 at 2:30 pm and Rabbi Moshe Kahn will present a course on the halakhic basis of abiding by secular laws of government beginning on July 2. Rabbi Kahn is on the faculty of Stern College and GPATS, and is a member in-training at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis.

The third pillar is the Beit Midrash Fellows Program given Monday through Thursday, which features “Analysis of the Sheva Mitzvot Bnei Noach” with Rabbi Shmuel Hain, rosh beit midrash of the learning program at GPATS. Rachel Friedman, who has served as a scholar-in-residence at synagogues and educational institutions across the US, will provide an in-depth analysis of the Book of Yechezkel (Ezekiel). She has an MA in Bible from YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.

For more information on YU Summer Programs, please e-mail CJFSummer@yu.edu.

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