Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval Appointed Director of Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) 

Rabbanit Shoval, an alumna of the WIHL, will take up her position in September, succeeding Rabbanit Devorah Evron who is stepping down after seven years as WIHL Director.

June 20, 2024

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Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval

Ohr Torah Stone is proud to announce that Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval has been appointed as the new Director of the Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) and its subsidiary initiative, the International Halakha Scholars Program (IHSP). Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval, an alumna of the WIHL, will take up her position in September, succeeding Rabbanit Devorah Evron who is stepping down after seven years as WIHL Director.

This announcement comes a few weeks after the recent graduation of Rabbanit Avigayil Unterberg Nouriel, Rabbanit Idit Mevorach-Shaag and Rabbanit Hila Naor from the WIHL—a unique, full-time, five-year intensive learning program spanning a wide range of topics in Jewish law, including Shabbat and festivals, kashrut, mourning, family purity, and Jewish marriage and divorce. They have been certified as Morat Hora’a and Manhiga Ruchanit, (spiritual leaders qualified to provide guidance in matters of Jewish law), having passed exams on these topics and more. 

The IHSP brings 48 top-level female scholars from North America, Europe, Israel, and Australia for a four-year hybrid program that allows them to continue in their professional pursuits while enhancing their halakhic knowledge, so that they may contribute in meaningful and influential ways within their communities around the world.

“The appointment of Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval as the new director of the WIHL is a historic step in furthering exceptional female leaders to take their rightful seat around the table of halakhic discourse, and to become outstanding spiritual leaders, advisors, and role models in Modern Orthodox communities, schools, synagogues and other public positions throughout Israel and beyond,” said Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone. “An alumna of the WIHL herself, Rabbanit Shoval is an exceptional Talmidat Chacham who has not only published serious Torah articles in the most prestigious halakhic journals, but has extensive experience in teaching and pedagogy both in Israel and the USA.”

In a story coming full circle, Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval graduated from the WIHL in 2021 and has previously served as the Rosh Beit Midrash of the Women’s Beit Midrash in Efrat and taught Gemara and Halacha at Ohr Torah Stone’s Midreshet Lindenbaum. She has just completed two years as the Ohr Torah Stone Scholar-in-Residence in North America and as a Talmud teacher at Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in New Jersey (RKYHS). Rabbanit Shoval was the first woman to independently author an article in the highly respected halachic journal, Techumin and has published numerous additional halakhic articles. She holds an MA in New Media and Communication, as well as a BA in Humanities and Psychology from the Hebrew University and was also previously the journalist responsible for Judaic content at Israel’s Channel 1.

“I am excited and proud to return to WIHL, the place where I studied and grew, to become the director,” said Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval. “I have exciting plans to expand the institute, open it to new horizons, and integrate our graduates into key positions both in Israel and abroad. I thank Rabbanit Devorah Evron, Rav Ohad Tharlev and Rabbi Kenneth Brander for the trust they have placed in me.”

After seven years as director of the WIHL, Rabbanit Devorah Evron announced her plans to step down.

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Rabbanit Devorah Evron

“After seven years of partnership with so many wonderful women and men, together advancing women’s halakhic leadership for the benefit of the Jewish People and the State of Israel, I feel it is time to pass on the mantle of leading religious and halakhic leadership for women to the next generation,” said Rabbanit Devorah Evron in a statement. “I believe only you can take us forward with your energy, skills, and the Torah you have learned to create the next breakthrough.”

“I would like to express my gratitude to Rabbanit Devorah Evron for her dedicated and excellent work over the past seven years as the head of the WIHL,” said Rabbi Brander. “Her influence on women’s halakhic leadership in the Jewish world has already been felt in a generation of female scholars who are entering leadership roles in fields that seemed like distant dreams just a few years ago.”

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