In the space of slightly more than a week in March, Nishmat's Miriam Glaubach Center sent Yoatzot Halacha to 29 congregations throughout the United States, from coast to coast, and England, to raise awareness of how they have impacted Orthodox Jewish life. Participating institutions included synagogues and schools, where Yoatzot Halacha lectured on a wide range of topics and addressed women's questions.
Rabbi Meir Sendor, Rabbi of Young Israel of Sharon, MA, remarked: “We have a very bright, knowledgeable and intellectually sophisticated Kehillah, and Atara Snowbell pitched the level perfectly. [She] is a great representative for Nishmat — eloquent, thoughtful, warm, intellectually open and engaging.”
The program was equally exhilarating for the Yoatzot Halacha. Yoetzet Halacha Leora Bednarsh, who visited Los Angeles, commented, “It was great to be part of his initiative. I knew I was doing something meaningful. I met wonderful people…. I got to teach Torah and spread the word about Yoatzot Halacha, and I feel proud, humbled and grateful to be part of this….. I thought I would go home exhausted but I actually feel rejuvenated, ready to tackle the physical the spiritual process of preparing for Pesach.”
"Yoatzot Halacha across America" promises to become an annual highlight. Nishmat has graduated 85 Yoatzot Halacha so far, with 18 more in the present class.