Yeshivat Maharat

First Yeshivat Maharat Graduate To Call Herself ‘Rabbi’ Hired By Orthodox Synagogue

01/04/2016 - 10:51

The first graduate of Yeshivat Maharat to take the title “rabbi” said she has been hired by an unnamed American Orthodox synagogue.

Rabbi Lila Kadegan

New Cohort Of Clergy Tests Orthodox Readiness For Women Rabbis

05/12/2015 - 20:00

When Yeshivat Maharat ordains six women next month, the New York institution will more than double the number of Orthodox clergywomen in the field.

Orthodox Yeshiva Leader Arguing For Greater Privacy In Women’s Conversions

10/27/2014 - 20:00

In the wake of voyeurism allegations against a prominent Orthodox rabbi, the head of an Orthodox yeshiva for women is arguing that male rabbis need not be present for a female convert’s ritual immersion.

Halachic Template For Women’s Ordination Isn’t New

07/15/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The Modern Orthodox Yeshivat Maharat’s investiture of three women as halachic and spiritual leaders has drawn rapturous praise from the non-Orthodox world, including the liberal Jewish press.  The ordination ceremony — attended by enthusiastic representatives of the progressive and Orthodox communities alike — has been acclaimed in print as “a landmark event in Jewish history” and “a revolution … to be praised and admired.”

Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg

Clergy Learning, About Disability

02/12/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

A dozen middle-aged to elderly Israelis, some blind, some deaf, some both, baking bread. It is not the most promising theatrical concept, but it works. Rabbinical students from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and Yeshivat Maharat attended a recent performance of Not By Bread Alone at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, staged by the Nalaga’at Theater, an Israeli company made up of the deaf-blind. It came towards the end of a week devoted to learning about disability.

Niddah Beyond The Kallah Class

05/21/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When Yeshivat Maharat, the school that trains Orthodox women as spiritual and halachic leaders, started last fall to plan its first public symposium, Dean Rabba Sara Hurwitz planned to call the event “Menstruation, Sexuality and Modesty,” but was persuaded to drop the idea.

“We thought nobody would turn up for that,” she said.

Rabba Sara Hurwitz planned an innovative symposium on sexuality in Orthodox community.

Yeshivat Maharat Gets ‘Seal Of Approval’

Bikkurim incubator to support Orthodox women’s seminary headed by Sara Hurwitz.
07/12/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

 As the controversy surrounding Sara Hurwitz’s designation as “rabba” continues to swirl in the wake of her being named to Newsweek’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis in America” list, news that the yeshiva she runs to train Orthodox women as spiritual and halachic leaders has been chosen to get financial and nonprofit development support from the incubator Bikkurim was undoubtedly comforting. 

Rabba Sara Hurwitz: “Validation for our work.”
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