Professional Development Course

Professional Development Course

Professional Development Course for Rebbetzins & Kallah Teachers:
Mishpacha U'Kehilla

July 10-14. 2016 

Join us this summer for our third annual professional development course for community Rebbetzins and Kallah Teachers. Our program is inspired by Nishmat's acclaimed Yoatzot Halacha program, and focuses on in-depth learning of Hilchot Niddah and associated practical topics in Women's Health that will enable you more ably to instruct and assist women. Additional workshops will enable you to improve and grow your community.

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Adi Bitter, Co-Director of Nishmat's Professional Development Program, received her BA from Columbia University in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, and her MA from Yeshiva University's Bernard Revel Graduate School in Modern Jewish History. She is also a graduate of Yeshiva University's Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies, and of Nishmat's Keren Ariel Program as a certified Yoetzet Halacha. Adi has taught a wide range of subjects, both in Israel and abroad, in varied educational settings. She made aliya in 2006, and lives with her husband and four children in Jerusalem.

Atara Eis, Co-Director of Nishmat's Professional Development Program holds a B.A. in Judaic Studies from Yeshiva University’s Stern College, an Associate Degree in Music, as well as an M.S. from Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education. After completing the YU Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies for Women, Atara studied at Nishmat's Keren Ariel Halachic Institute in Jerusalem to become a Yoetzet Halacha.  Currently, she serves as Director of the U.S. Yoatzot Halacha Fellowship under the auspices of American Friends of Nishmat's Miriam Glaubach Center, and teaches at Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim. Before their aliyah this summer, Atara taught at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Philadelphia where she served as the Israel Guidance Counselor. She served as a Yoetzet Halacha in Philadelphia, at a consortium of Manhattan synagogues, and previously in Silver Spring, MD. In 2009, Atara was selected by The Jewish Week as one of “36 under 36," and in 2010, she was a recipient of Kohelet Yeshiva High School's Distinguished Educators Award and the Young Leadership Award from American Friends of Nishmat.

Leora Bednarsh earned a BA in Psychology & Linguistics at Princeton University, completed the Scholars' Circle program at Drisha Institute, and is certified as a Yoetzet Halacha of the Keren Ariel Program at Nishmat. She serves as a Yoetzet Halacha on Nishmat's Golda Koschitzky Women's Halachic Hotline. Leora taught at Yeshiva of Flatbush High School and currently teaches Talmud and Halacha at Midreshet Moriah and Shaalvim for Women, as well as Hadrachat Kallah at the Midrashiya of the Gruss Kollel. She lives in Alon Shvut with her family.
Jordanna Cope-Yossef is the director of the Assistance Center at Itim that provides counseling and intervention for all stages of the Jewish lifecycle vis-a-vis rabbinic and state authorities. Cope-Yossef holds an LLB from Hebrew University and a Master's in Public and International Law from Tel-Aviv and Northwestern Universities. She  is a Nishmat certified Yoetzet Halacha, a senior lecturer in Talmud, bio-medical Ethics and Jewish Law at Matan and other colleges, seminars and conferences. From 1999-2012, Ms. Cope-Yossef was director of Matan's Advanced Talmudic Institute for Women where in 2005 she founded and continues to teach the first women's daf yomi  for women by women. Cope-Yossef is a member of the Beit Hillel Rabbis' board where she led the initiative on Get Refusal Solutions (GRS), chiefly the use of prenuptials, as a preemptive solution to the problem of Get refusal. 
Judith Fogel holds an MA from Hebrew University, and a BA from Barnard College. In addition, she is a certified Yoetzet Halacha through Nishmat's Keren Ariel Halachic institute, an alumnus of the Midreshet Lindenbaum Bruriah Scholars Program, and is a certified kalla teacher through Moetzet Hadatit Gush Etzion. Her teaching experience includes shiurim on Gemara, Halacha, and Jewish women’s’ issues at Midreshet Harova, Machon Gold, and Tal Torah. Judith currently lives in the Gush Etzion area with her family.


Laurie Novick has masters degrees in Bible and in Jewish Education from YU and a BA from Yale. She has also done graduate work in Talmud and in Counseling.  She was a Drisha Scholars Circle Fellow and worked as Shoelet UMeshivah for YU's Graduate Program of Advanced Talmudic Studies.  Since Fall 5763, she has taught at Nishmat and worked as a Yoetzet Halacha.

Rabbanit Gilla Rosen teaches Talmud and Midrash and works as a Yoetzet Halacha for Nishmat. Rabbanit Rosen is dean of the Yakar Center for Tradtition and Creativity. Gilla studied at the Michlala College for Women, Barnard, the University of Manchester, Matan and Nishmat. She received her MA in Comparative Literature. She has lectured at Pardes, Matan, Midreshet Lindenbaum and the Melton Program at Hebrew University. She lives in Jerusalem with her children and grandchildren.

Talli Rosenbaum, M.Sc., CST, IF, earned a Masters in Clinical Sociology and Counseling and a certificate in Mental Health Studies from the University of North Texas in Neve Yerushalayim. She also has a bachelors degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University and before training in psychotherapy, treated patients as a physical therapist for 25 years. Talli is the only AASECT certified sex therapist who is an individual and couple's therapist and a former pelvic floor physical therapist and is an internationally recognized expert on the the treatment of sexual pain disorders. She has authored over 20 peer reviewed journal articles and several book chapters on sexual health, unconsummated marriage, and sexuality and Judaism. She is a full member of the International Academy of Sex Research and she serves as an associate editor of the Sexual Medicine Reviews. She has also been awarded status of ISSWSH Fellow.

In addition to maintaining an active private practice, Talli is the academic advisor for Yahel: The Center for Jewish Intimacy, which trains community leaders in sexual guidance counseling. She lectures in the Bar-Ilan Sex Therapy Program, the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Medicine program in Sexual Rehabilitation, the Puah Institute, and the Israeli Institute for Marriage and Family Studies.Talli frequently lectures both in Israel and abroad, to lay as well as professional audiences. She has been invited to present courses on sexual health by several professional organizations.Talli has served on the board of directors and scientific committees of ISSWSH and as AASECT counselor certifications, international outreach chairperson, and International Region Membership Chair. 

Dr. Tova Ganzel, was one of the first two certified Yoatzot Halacha, in 1999. Since then she’s helped thousands of women, finished a dissertation on the prophet Ezekiel, earned a professorship, and become the deputy director of the Midrasha for Women at Bar Ilan University, as well as a Tikvah Fellow. 

The subsidized cost of the program is $450* -  Lunch is included. Optional dormitory available ($150)

* Subject to a minimum number of participants

2015 Schedule:

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday


8:45  -  12:45
Taharat HaMishpacha with Adi Bitter:
Reproductive Anatomy, Physiology, Contraception Hargasha & Ketamim Hefsek Taharah & Shiv'a Neki'im, including the development of Halacha Mikvah, Vesatot Harchakot, Intimacy
12:45 - 14:15
Lunch & Learn

Balancing Family & Community
Leora Bednarsh

Preparing for Conversion; Supporting the Ger

Yardena Cope-Yossef 

Hadrachat Kallot for the Less Observant
Judith Fogel

Topic TBA
Tova Ganzel 

Educating Teens in Your Community About Sexuality
Tali Rosenbaum
14:30 - 17:00

Family Planning:
Issues & Halachic Concerns

Laurie Novick

Pregnancy & Postpartum:

Atara Eis
(14:00 - 16:00)

Taharat HaMishpacha for Women Approaching Menopause

Rabbanit Gilla Rosen

Guiding Women through the Halachot & Emotions

Atara Eis

Marital Intimacy:
Questions Couples Ask

Laurie Novick

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