The Orthodox Union (OU), the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community, is launching its ALIT Summer Virtual Beit Midrash for women through its highly regarded OU Women’s Initiative. The program will offer live classes and interactive discussions for women all over North America and around the world.

The annual summer program provides in-depth text-based learning on topics related to Halacha, Tanach, Tikkun Hamiddot and Jewish History. The program will run from July 6-15, offering Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday tracks both during the daytime and evening. It has been dedicated by The Emanuel and Helen Adler Foundation and named the Max and Yetty Monderer A”H ALIT Virtual Summer Beit Midrash.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, Rabbanit Shani Taragin will start the day offering an in-depth study of Hilchot Se’udah that will be followed by Mrs. Moriah Weiss’ shiur on “Demystifying Korbanot,” offering a glimpse into the Beit Hamikdash. Mrs. Rivka Maron will teach an evening course focused on the implications and ramifications of the Spanish Expulsion, offering a study of individuals, communities, religious writings and inquisitorial dossiers.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mrs. Sarah Lipman will start the day with a shiur focused on exploring themes of Sefer Bereishit through the commentary of Samson Raphael Hirsch. This will be followed by a shiur from Mrs. Michal Horowitz exploring Tikkun Hamiddot – lessons in self-improvement and betterment through the wisdom of Torah and insights from our sages. Professor Shoshana Schechter will teach an evening course focusing on the profound and lasting messages from Sefer Devarim.

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“Our Women’s Initiative has been steadily raising the bar of female scholarship and learning opportunities in our community since its inception. The ALIT program is yet another example of its innovative programming delivered in a way that is convenient and easy to access,” said Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane.

“The ALIT program provides a wonderful opportunity for the women in our community to experience a focused period of learning with some of the leading female scholars in our community,” said Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Rabbi Moshe Hauer.

“We are very appreciative to Helen and Manny Adler for dedicating the program in memory of Helen’s parents Max and Yetty Monderer A”H, who were dedicated to continuing Torah education, including for women. This program continues to provide high-level learning opportunities for women around the world who connect over their love of Torah,” said Founding Director of the OU Women’s Initiative Rebbetzin Dr. Adina Shmidman.

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