Women Aliyyot: Scholars Weigh In

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Starting May 31-June 2, join JOFA for an online conversation about women’s aliyyot. Channa Lockshin Bob, Rabbi David Brofsky, Miriam Gedwiser and Rabbi Ysoscher Katz will engage in a conversation including halakhic and societal considerations in relation to this topic. Please refer to the following resources for background on the topic:

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Channa Lockshin Bob is Head of Judaics at the Yachad School, a mixed religious-secular school in Modiin. She has taught Talmud and Halacha at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Before making aliyah in 2009, Channa taught Talmud and Halacha at Drisha and at Maayanot Yeshiva High School. Channa has an MA in Religion from Columbia University and is a graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle.

Rabbi David Brofsky is a senior facultybrofskypicture2a (1) member at Midreshet Lindenbaum, teaches at Midreshet Torah V’Avodah and for Web Yeshiva, and writes a weekly halakha shiur for the Virtual Beit Midrash (VBM). He received a B.A. and M.A. from Yeshiva University, and his ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel while studying and teaching in Yeshivat Har Etzion. He is the author of Hilchot Tefilla: A Comprehensive Guide to the Laws of Daily Prayer and Hilkhot Moadim: Understanding the Jewish Festivals, and a forthcoming book on the Laws of Mourning. He lives in Alon Shevut with his wife, Mali, and their four children.

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Miriam Gedwiser is a faculty member at Drisha. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago in the History and Philosophy of Science and a JD from NYU School of Law. She studied in the Drisha Scholars Circle as well as at other programs in Israel and Boston, and has taught at several New York area synagogues and Hillels. She practiced commercial litigation at a large law firm, and completed a judicial clerkship in the Southern District of New York.

ysoscher-katz (1)Rabbi Ysoscher Katz received ordination in 1986 from Rabbi Yechezkel Roth, dayan of UTA Satmer. Rabbi Katz studied in Brisk and in Yeshivat Beit Yosef, Navaradok for over ten years. A graduate of the HaSha’ar Program for Jewish Educators, Rabbi Katz has taught at the Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls and SAR High School. He was a leading teacher of a daf yomi class in Boro Park for over eight years. He is also the Rabbi of the Prospect Heights Shul in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Author
Dr. Sharon Weiss-Greenberg is the Director of Communications and Development at ELI Talks. She is the former Executive Director of JOFA. For many years, Sharon has served as an educator and leader in the Jewish community. She was named by the Jewish Week as a person to watch as a "36 Under 36" honoree. Sharon has held a variety of professional roles including Director of Recruitment at Yeshivat Maharat and the Director of Online Engagement at the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education, and Rosh Moshava (Head of Camp) at Camp Stone. Sharon has served as the co-director and Orthodox adviser of the Orthodox Union Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus at Harvard Hillel and as the first Orthodox woman chaplain at Harvard University. She has taught at Yeshiva University High School for Girls in New York, Yavneh Academy in New Jersey, and the Denver Academy of Torah High School. Sharon earned her doctorate at New York University in Education and Jewish Studies, having concentrated on the female staff experience in the Jewish summer camp setting. She is an alumna of the Wexner Fellow/Davidson Scholarship graduate program She studied Talmud and halakha at The Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. She received her Masters in Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Yeshiva University and received a B.A. in Sociology and Jewish History from Yeshiva University. Sharon can be reached at sharon@jofa.org.
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