WIHL – 5784 Cohort

Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute of Halakhic Leadership (WIHL) – 5784 /2023-24 Cohort 

 Rabbanit Elisheva Brauner, third-year fellow

Rabbanit Elisheva Brauner holds a B.A. in Jewish Education from York University and an M.A. in Tanakh from Bar Ilan University. She has worked as a teacher of Jewish Studies in elementary and high schools. She has also worked as an educational counselor at Michlelet Mevasseret Yerushalayim (MMY) and has developed educational curricula for Herzog Academic College. Rabbanit Brauner has participated in various Talmud and Torah study groups for women, and as a lecturer at conferences focused on Torah and Technology.  She is a certified bride counselor.

Rabbanit Michelle Shelemay Dvir, second-year fellow

Rabbanit Michelle Shelemay Dvir holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Manchester and an M.A. in Management with a focus on Organizational Development. Passionate about expanding meaningful tefilla opportunities for women, she leads a women’s Rosh Chodesh prayer group, and is responsible for ensuring that the women’s section of the synagogue she attends is welcoming.

Rabbanit Shelemay Dvir’s thirst for high-level Torah learning began during a year at Midreshet HaRova. Since then, she has studied at a variety of institutions including the London School of Jewish Studies and Matan. She regularly delivers divrei Torah and gives classes in her community of Tzur Hadassah. She is currently the Director of Development at the Center for Women’s Justice.

Rabbanit Shani Haddad, third-year fellow

Rabbanit Shani Haddad holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from The University of Oregon and an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University, and has studied Gemara, Halakha and Tanakh at Matan.  At the Hebrew University, Rabbanit Haddad developed a Beit Midrash study program for English-speaking students. She also teaches Jewish Philosophy at Midreshet Torah V’Avodah.

Rabbanit Shira Lieberman, third-year fellow

Rabbanit Shira Lieberman has a B.A. in Literature and Education from Herzog Academic College. She has studied Gemara at Migdal Oz – Beit Midrash for Women.  Following her initial career as a graphic designer, in recent years, Rabbanit Lieberman has taught at The Hartman Institute and at Midreshet Lindenbaum.

 Rabbanit Orli Malchiel, second-year fellow

Rabbanit Malchiel is a trained counselor for individuals and couples. She facilitates personal growth and development workshops in various settings. Orli also conducts study and prayer workshops for teaching staff as part of the Beit Midrash for Renewal. She has an MA in Counseling from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a graduate of the continuing education program in Arts for Older Adults from ASA College in Netanya.

Rabbanit Hila Naor, fifth-year fellow

Rabbanit Hila Naor holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern and Jewish History from Hebrew University and an M.A. in Conflict Management and Mediation from Tel Aviv University, as well as a teaching certificate in special education.  She formerly worked as a special education teacher, in particular, helping youth-at-risk complete their high school graduation requirements.  Rabbanit Naor has studied Talmud and Bible in various settings.  She is a member of Eschar, a mixed secular and religious community in the Galilee, where she has taken an active part in founding a congregation of prayer.  She is socially active in the community and promotes Torah learning activities.

Rabbanit Naor is the director of the “Maaminot BeMadim” program which provides halakhic and spiritual guidance to young women serving in the IDF.

Rabbanit Idit Mevorach-Shaag, fifth-year fellow

Rabbanit Idit Mevorah-Shaag teaches Torah in numerous frameworks representing the entire spectrum of Israeli Judaism: in various programs in Beit Prat – Israeli Midrasha, Beit Midrash Negba, the Hadar Israel Institute and at Ohr Torah Stone’s Midreshet Lindenbaum.

Rabbanit Mevorach-Shaag is the community coordinator at the Hadar Israel Institute.  She is also responsible for organizing conferences and seminars aimed at empowering and professionalizing the leadership of the communities.

Rabbanit Mevorach-Shaag is a member of Beit Midrash Arevot – Women Connecting Traditions, a women’s Beit Midrash which fosters a traditional Sephardi Judaism.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Ben Gurion University and is currently working on her M.A. in Talmud and Halakha from the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, where she completed their rabbinic track. She is working as a spiritual advisor at the Shacharit High School in Jerusalem.

Rabbanit Batel Picar, fourth-year fellow

Rabbanit Batel Picar has a B.A. in Jewish History from Bar-Ilan University.  She trained in Sexual Health Education and Marriage Counseling at the Yahel Center.  She studied in Midreshet Tal Menashe, at the Midrasha in Bar-Ilan University and at Matan HaSharon.  Rabbanit Picar was also involved in developing educational content, and training seminar and educational program moderators in Jewish topics to be taught in public schools under the auspices of the El Ami organization.  She has held numerous educational and leadership positions in informal education settings, which include working as a regional coordinator and counselor in Bnei Akiva , managing the educational content and offering guidance to Bnei Akiva branch coordinators.  Furthermore, she was in charge of educational seminars for youth and National Service girls.

Rabbanit Picar currently gives Torah classes and takes an active part in the leadership of the community in which she resides.

Rabbanit Avigail Unterberg, fifth-year fellow

Rabbanit Avigail Unterberg is a graduate of Nishmat – The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women, and received her B.A. in Bible Studies and Political Science from Bar-Ilan University.  She also studied at the Matan Women’s Institute for Torah Studies, and was a madricha (counselor) in the Maria & Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum.  She has experience working in various formal and experiential educational settings. Rabbanit Unterberg currently teaches halakha and Bible Studies (focusing at present on the book of Genesis and the Return to Zion) at Midreshet Torah v’Avodah in Jerusalem. She is also a certified bride counselor.

Michal Zussman, first-year fellow

Thirty-six year old Michal Zussman is a graduate of the Eretz Chemda “Moreinu” program and a graduate of the Maagalei Nefesh “Meshiva” project which provides halakhic information and assistance in the realm of mental health. Michal is also a bride counselor, as well as a lecturer in the programs that certify such instructors.

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