Rabbanit Sapir with certificate

OTS certifies new female halachic authority following landmark ruling Sapir’s certification comes in the wake of a landmark ruling by Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit that the government must give equal recognition to women’s Torah studies and men’s Torah studies. By Aaron Reich  | July 7, 2020 (Photo credits: Gershon Ellinson) Modern Orthodox organization Ohr Torah Stone (OTS) has …

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Online Rabbaniot Chamutal Shoval and Shira Mirvis are expanding the circles of women’s spiritual leadership and Torah study. They aim to reach everyone in Israeli society who wants to connect to their Jewish roots and study Torah, while serving as resources on wide-ranging issues to Jews of all backgrounds. Chen Gilad | Nashim Magazine | …

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Rabbanit Yael Nitzanim

Women Leading the Way in their Communities As COVID-19 changed our lives overnight, creating fear and uncertainty and raising a host of new questions, many people felt a greater need for personal and religious guidance. In this new environment, the halakhic and spiritual leadership role fellows in Ohr Torah Stone’s Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of …

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Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval

Online Prayers Bring New Spirit to Synagogues Women also want to pray and be counted in the synagogue. Prayers over Zoom bring a spirit of partnership and equality Rabbanit Chamutal Shoval is the Anita Perlman Fellow in Ohr Torah Stone’s Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership  Makor Rishon | April 2, 2020 On the …

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Request from the Ministry of Social Affairs: “Equal Benefits for Women Studying Gemara” A cheider of their own: women studying Torah at religious institutes are not eligible for the benefits given their female peers in academia, or to men studying in yeshivas | ITIM applied to the Ministry of Social Affairs demanding that women Torah …

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visit from the Honey Foundation

Investing in Orthodox women’s spiritual leadership Ohr Torah Stone is pleased to announce that our five-year Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Honey Foundation, to advance the impact of women spiritual leaders in Orthodox communities throughout Israel. In keeping with the Honey Foundation’s mission – …

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Penkower Shiur flier

Penkower Shiur flierOn Monday, March 25, 2019, friends and family of Yael Penkower, z”l, gathered at Midreshet Lindenbaum for the third annual azkara marking her passing.

Yael, z”l, loved Torah learning, and actively participated in and supported initiatives that encouraged women’s Torah scholarship and communal leadership. To perpetuate Yael’s legacy, her family established the Yael Penkower Scholarship Fund in 2016, which enables future leaders of the Jewish community to pursue their studies at Ohr Torah Stone’s Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halakhic Leadership (WIHL).

Third-year WIHL Fellow Mrs. Shira Mirvis, selected by the Penkower family in 2016 as the beneficiary of the Yael Penkower Scholarship Fund, delivered the keynote shiur (in Hebrew; video below).  Mr. Avi Penkower, son of Yael & Prof. Monty Penkower, shared heartfelt remembrances of his mother.  

WIHL Chairman Rabbi Shmuel Klitsner served as the program’s moderator.


In recent years, the topic of mikva (ritual immersion) has changed from a topic which is taboo to one of the most talked about issues in the religious sector, discussed not only in closed quarters but on the social networks as well. Along with the growing interest in the connection between body and soul, discourse …

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Since taking on the mantle of leadership at OTS, President Rabbi Kenneth Brander has made a priority of remaining engaged with both students and staff, visiting the various institutions and programs to give shiurim, dialogue and answer questions, as well as hosting OTS students – along with his wife, Ruchie –  on a regular basis …

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Devorah Evron

Ohr Torah Stone supported the early-December strike protesting increasing violence against Israeli women. “We have an obligation to better the world and lead the next generation,” explained Rabbi Brander who participated in the Jerusalem rally with other members of OTS leadership. “It is especially important to deal with these topics in our post high school …

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Yediot newspaper cover

The New Religious Women by Chen Artzi-Srour  Yediot Aharonot, Shabbat Magazine 23/8/2018 [Translated from Hebrew] They had been considered an oddity, but what began quietly on social media gave birth to a revolution: religious feminists have evolved into agents of social change.  They speak out against sexual abuse, demand changes in the way the mikveh …

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  WOMEN ASSUME THE MANTLE OF LEADERSHIP Women are increasingly being heard and taking on fresh roles in observant Judaism, particularly in Israel – naturally bringing Orthodoxy toward a renaissance. BY SHOSHANNA KEATS-JASKOLL –  JUNE 7, 2018 | Jerusalem Post Magazine Women’s voices have been generally missing from the great Jewish discussion that takes part within our …

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