Orthodox women study at Yeshivat Maharat in New York City Photo by Angela Jimenez
Students hold a lunch honoring Ruth Balinsky Friedman (Class of 2013), third from left, and Rori Picker Neiss (Class of 2014), third from right, both of whom are leaving the school this year for professional clergy positions. Friedman, who is graduating, has a placement with a synagogue in Washington D.C.. Neiss, who will complete her last year of study remotely, has a placement with a synagogue in St. Louis, Missouri.
Also pictured from left, Dr. Anat Sharbat (Class of 2015), Friedman's husband Yoni Friedman, Ramie Smith (Class of 2016) who is talking to them about the effect they have had on her, and Neiss' husband Russel Neiss.
The female students of Yeshivat Maharat, "the first institution to train Orthodox women as spiritual leaders and halakhic authorities," study at the Drisha Institute in New York City in preparation for the school's inaugural graduation on June 16, 2013.
Three women will be the first to graduate from the four-year school and will be 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
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