Yoatzot Halacha

Rebuilding Our Trust in the Rabbinate

Rebuilding Our Trust in the Rabbinate

by Atara Eis, Yoetzet Halacha and Director of Nishmat's Miriam Glaubach Center. First published in Times of Israel, October 20, 2014 The discovery of acts of voyeurism allegedly committed by a prominent Orthodox Rabbi in a community mikveh is a betrayal that threatens trust both in the safety of a sacred Mitzvah and the integrity… read more

Give the Mikvah Keys to Women

Give the Mikvah Keys to Women

by Rabbanit Chana Henkin, first published on Times of Israel, October 19, 2014 Voyeurism in the mikveh is a grave violation of Jewish law and of the sacred trust between a community and its rabbi. It is particularly loathsome if, as charged, it involved abuse of converts who placed their trust in the converting rabbi.… read more

NJJN: Woman Adviser a Milestone for Local Shul

NJJN: Woman Adviser a Milestone for Local Shul

September 22, 2014, New Jersey Jewish News, by Johanna Ginsberg, NJJN Staff Writer Orthodox women in the Jersey Shore area with a need to discuss intimate aspects of Jewish law now have a new resource: a woman halachic decisor, specifically trained in a two-year course in taharat hamishpacha, or family purity laws. On Sept. 1, Nechama Price, instructor… read more

Nishmat Graduates 1st Class in National Mikvah Attendant Training Course

Nishmat Graduates 1st Class in National Mikvah Attendant Training Course

Last Wednesday, in Kiryat Netifim, Nishmat celebrated the graduation of the first class of mikveh attendants in our National Mikvah Attendant Training Program.  Last year, Nishmat won the Ministry of Religious Services' tender to train attendants who operate mikvaot run by Israel's religious councils. Over the next two years, the program aims to provide training… read more

Yoatzot Halacha Across America – a Success!

Yoatzot Halacha Across America – a Success!

In the space of slightly more than a week in March, Nishmat's Miriam Glaubach Center sent Yoatzot Halacha to 29 congregations throughout the United States, from coast to coast, and England, to raise awareness of how they have impacted Orthodox Jewish life. Participating institutions included synagogues and schools, where Yoatzot Halacha lectured on a wide… read more

Tikvah Fellow Profile: Tova Ganzel

Tikvah Fellow Profile: Tova Ganzel

Published on The Tikvah Fund Website, January 13, 2014 In 2012-2013, Tova Ganzel took sabbatical from her role as deputy director of the Midrasha for Women at Bar Ilan University to serve as a Tikvah Fellow and to join her husband doing his own fellowship at Sloan-Kettering. Upon her return to Israel, she became the director of… read more

Nishmat Wins Government Tender to Train Mikvah Attendants in Israel

Nishmat Wins Government Tender to Train Mikvah Attendants in Israel

In a move to reduce misunderstandings and friction between Israel's secular and religious public and to upgrade services in Israel's mikvaot, Nishmat has been awarded a government contract to train mikveh attendants nationally. The training, designed by Nishmat Yoetzet Halacha Rotem Glasser, who is slated to head the project, will include a first-aid course, workshops in… read more

Graduation of the 8th Cohort of Yoatzot Halacha at Nishmat

Graduation of the 8th Cohort of Yoatzot Halacha at Nishmat

Nishmat’s Esther Kryss Bet Midrash was full on December 24 as over 100 family, friends and well-wishers gathered to celebrate the graduation of the eighth cohort of Yoatzot Halacha from Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Program. Rabbanit Chana Henkin opened the graduation by reflecting back on the last 16 years and reminded the graduates that they are… read more