Orthodox women study at Yeshivat Maharat in New York City Photo by Angela Jimenez
Maharat student Ruth Balinsky Friedman (Class of 2013), left, represents the Orthodox movement on a panel including representatives from the major movements of Judaism (Orthodox, Reform, Conservative and and Reconstructionist) during a panel presentation to college students in a summer Jewish internship program CLIP (Collegiate Leadership Program, a program of the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University), held at the FEGS (Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York) building in Manhattan on June 12, 2013.
Here people raise their hands when she asks "Who has heard of Maharat?". Pictured with her, right, is Reconstructionist Rabbi Darby Jared Leigh.
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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