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 February 3, 2017
7th Sh’vat 5777
Yeshivat Maharat is training and placing dynamic leaders who are relevant and prepared to address the needs of our 21st century communities. With our 14 graduates already in the field, Yeshivat Maharat is at the forefront of ordaining Orthodox women to be religious leaders who inspire and guide their communities. To date, over thirty communities have been impacted by our students serving as interns and graduates in full-time positions in shuls, Hillels and communal organizations. Students exemplify new opportunities for women in the religious sphere, exposing people to the unique value added by a female spiritual leader.
Women with ordination join other male spiritual leaders in teaching Torah and striving to deepen the religious connection of all members of their communities. “The Orthodox community is not monolithic on many issues.  Women serving in clergy is a positive development for the Orthodox community and more broadly, for Judaism.  Put simply, it means that we have greatly increased the number of qualified, credentialed, and ordained scholars to lead our community,” commented Ariel Groveman Weiner, Chair of Yeshivat Maharat’s board.  “Some people will resist this development, but we view it as a sign of vitality and growth in our community and are bolstered by the impact our graduates and students are making in the world.”
In addition, since our founding in 2009, Yeshivat Maharat has been joined by others who are ordaining women, such as Har-El Yeshiva, Susi Bradfield Women’s Institute for Halachic Leadership (WIHL) at Midreshet Lindenbaum, and others.
Rabba Sara Hurwitz, Dean of Yeshivat Maharat, said: “We have more students learning in our beit midrash than ever before, demand for our graduates is high, and we see the change and impact women with clergy are already having.  With 14 women in the field and 28 more learning in our beit midrash, we have already impacted over thirty communities. I am inspired by the growing number of women who are prepared to take on this mantle of leadership, committing to serve Jewish communities around the world.”
See a list of Responsa and articles in support of women’s ordination here.


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