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Orthodox women study at Yeshivat Maharat in New York City Photo by Angela Jimenez

The inaugural graduation ceremony of the Yeshivat Maharat, the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as leaders trained in spiritual leadership and halakhic law in the Orthodox Jewish movement, is held at the Morris and Ida Newman Education Center in New York City on June 16, 2013.

Students Ruth Balinsky Friedman, Rachel Kohl Finegold and Abby Brown Scheier were the graduates.

Pictured here: Ruth Balinsky Friedman, in red scarf, is greeted and congratulated by her father Rabbi Michael Balinsky, of Evanston, Illinois, the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. With them is Ruth's sister Miriam Balinsky, left, and her step-mom Dr. Myra Rapoport.

The three women are given the title "Maharat", a Hebrew acronym for "Manhiga Hilkhatit Rukhanit Toranit" which translates to a teacher of Jewish law and spirituality.The school, which currently has 14 students, was founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss. Rabbi Wiess controversially ordained the first female Orthodox Rabba in history, Rabba Sara Hurwitz, who serves as the dean of the school.


Photo by Angela Jimenez
www.angelajimenezphotography.com

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The inaugural graduation ceremony of the Yeshivat Maharat, the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as leaders trained in spiritual leadership and halakhic law in the Orthodox Jewish movement, is held at the Morris and Ida Newman Education Center in New York City on June 16, 2013. <br />
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Students Ruth Balinsky Friedman, Rachel Kohl Finegold and Abby Brown Scheier were the graduates. <br />
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Pictured here: Ruth Balinsky Friedman, in red scarf, is greeted and congratulated by her father Rabbi Michael Balinsky, of Evanston, Illinois, the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. With them is Ruth's sister Miriam Balinsky, left, and her step-mom Dr. Myra Rapoport.<br />
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The three women are given the title "Maharat", a Hebrew acronym for "Manhiga Hilkhatit Rukhanit Toranit" which translates to a teacher of Jewish law and spirituality.The school, which currently has 14 students, was founded by Rabbi Avi Weiss. Rabbi Wiess controversially ordained the first female Orthodox Rabba in history, Rabba Sara Hurwitz, who serves as the dean of the school. <br />
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Photo by Angela Jimenez <br />
www.angelajimenezphotography.com