Women's Learning Initiative
Winter Seminar in Jerusalem

Jewish Women. The Spirit of Our Nation. 


 January 5-9, 2020
ח-יב טבת תש’’ף

Nishmat invites women of all ages and backgrounds to join our annual interdisciplinary Torah seminar. Guided by Nishmat’s senior faculty and Yoatzot Halacha, we will explore classical and contemporary sources that offer 20/20 perspectives on the complexities and challenges of living as committed Jewish women. Our learning will blend chevruta-study and first-hand engagement with texts, as well as lectures. Join us as we engage with previous generations in the conversation of Torah-learning.  


Rabbanit Chana Henkin
The Bruriah Narrative

Rav Da’vid Sperling
The Mitzvah of Challah. Bridging Jewish Women Across the Globe. 

Yoetzet Halacha Rachelle Sprecher-Fraenkel 
 “Couples in Need & Halachic Help: Reproductive Tech & Halacha” 

Dr. Karen Kirshenbaum
“The Home in the Time of the Mishnah”

Dafna Siegman
In Search of the Eshet Chayil

Neima Novetsky
“Tzipora and Moshe: When Parents of Different Outlooks Build a Family” 

Yoetzet Halacha
Nechama Goldman-Barash

Civil Marriage:
Is It Possible in Israel?

Yoetzet Halacha Ilana Hadad
Jerusalem Personified:
Female Imagery in the Prophets.

Meet Our Speakers

Neima Novetsky

Neima Novetsky has been involved in Jewish education for close to twenty years.  She has taught in a number of seminaries and educational institutes in both

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Simi Peters

Simi Peters, the author of Learning to Read Midrash (Urim Publications, 2004), has been teaching at Nishmat for over 25 years. Simi has been involved in adult

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