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.  

Meet Our Speakers

Nechama Goldman Barash

Nechama Goldman Barash is a graduate of of Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Yoetzet Halacha Fellowship Institute and of Hilkhata, Matan’s Advanced Halakhic Institute. She completed an

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Ilana Hadad

Ilana Hadad is a graduate of Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Yoatzot Halachic Fellowship Institute, holds a Master’s degree in Bible from Bar Ilan University, and studied

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Laurie Novick

Laurie Novick, Director and Head Writer of Deracheha: Women and Mitzvot, is a graduate of Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Yoatzot Halacha Fellowship. She has worked as a

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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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Dafna Siegman

Dafna Siegman taught Tanach at Nishmat’s Alisa Flatow Program for many years. She currently teaches at Matan’s Bellows-Eshkolot Educator’s Program and in community venues.  Dafna also

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