This summer, JOFA and Yeshivat Maharat combined forces to bring women scholars to communities throughout the US, Canada, and South America. The Summer Tour, stopping in thirteen communities throughout July and August, features speaking engagements by a total of seven students and graduates of Yeshivat Maharat.

The purpose of the Summer Tour is to continue exposing communities to models of female scholarship and leadership and the missions and values of JOFA and Yeshivat Maharat. The female clergy and clergy students will be teaching shiurim and serving as scholars-in-residence.

But more than simply engaging individual communities, the mission of this project is to create a powerful sense of connectedness between the geographically, socially, and religiously diverse communities. Through participation on the tour, communities are focusing not on what makes them different – whether they are from the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, or the South, the height of their mehitzot, or their stance on partnership minyanim. Instead, these thirteen communities have come together to express their support for women leaders and scholars in the Orthodox community.

The Summer Tour launched in East Brunswick, NJ on July 9th with a shiur by Maharat Rachel Kohl Finegold. The event, hosted by Yeshivat Maharat Executive Director Amanda Shechter, was attended by over 40 men and women. Also last week, Rabba Eryn London stopped in Toronto to teach at the Toronto Partnership Minyan and fourth year student Claudia Marbach served as scholar-in-residence over Shabbat at Bais Abe Congregation in St. Louis, MO.

For full coverage of the Summer Tour, follow JOFA and Yeshivat Maharat on Facebook. See below for a list of upcoming Summer Tour dates. For more information about a stop on the tour contact shira@jofa.org or info@yeshivatmaharat.org.

July 18, 2017:
Oakland, CA
Michal Kohane
Beth Jacob Congregation

July 20, 2017:
Sacramento, CA
Michal Kohane
Kenesset Israel Torah Center

Shabbat of July 21-22, 2017:
Philadelphia, PA
Leah Sarna
Lechu Neranena

Seattle, WA
Jenna Englender
Mercaz Seattle

Shabbat of July 28-29, 2017:
Skokie, IL
Jenna Englender
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob

July 30, 2017:
Atlanta, GA
Rabba Eryn London

Shabbat of August 4-5, 2017:
Cleveland, OH
Jennifer Geretz
Cleveland Partnership Minyan

Washington DC
Gloria Nusbacher
Ohev Shalom

Shabbat of August 11-12, 2017:
Minneapolis, MN
Jennifer Geretz
Congregation Darchei Noam

August 3-20, 2017:
Barranquilla, Colombia
Rabba Eryn London

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