International Halakha Scholars Program

In October 2021, the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL)  launched the International Halakha Scholars Program (IHSP) – a new study program for women educators, scholars and Jewish communal leaders.

Twenty-six women enrolled in the inaugural class of this four-year, part-time program featuring a course of advanced study of halakha (Jewish law) in the subjects of Shabbat, Aveilut (Mourning), Kashrut, and Nidda (Family Purity and fertility). In addition, the program offers two intensive seminars on the topics of leadership development, writing and communication skills, and philosophy of halakha. Scholars will receive a certificate upon completion of each unit of study indicating their proficiency in that area of study, as well as a Graduate Certificate upon completion of the entire program.

Students commit to 8 hours of study per week: 3 hours of classes one morning a week and 5 hours of chevruta study.  Instruction is conducted virtually, and is led in English. Chevruta study is of texts in the original Hebrew and Aramaic with active aid and support from the director of the program. The two in-person intensive seminars will be taking place every other summer in Jerusalem.

Enrolment fees: $75 for study guide and other materials

For more information please contact Rabbanit Dr. Hannah Hashkes

Ohr Torah Stone would like to thank steering committee members Dr. Yardaena Osband and Jennifer Raskas for their guidance and assistance in developing The International Halakha Scholars Program.