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NISHMAT’S MIRIAM GLAUBACH CENTER

2006-2020

America’s Yoatzot Halacha
Expanding our reach with expertise and caring hearts.

“Hi. Can I ask you a ‘Yoetzet question’?”
American Orthodox women have a new way of describing their questions about taharat hamishpachah and mikveh, marriage and wellness. They ask “Yoetzet questions” and they’ve come to expect and cherish access to a Yoetzet Halacha in their communities. What a dramatic change in just one generation!

This is the genius of Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center and its visionary, Dr. Felix Glaubach.

When Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center was established in 2006, barely anyone outside of Israel had heard of Yoatzot Halacha. But, Dr. Glaubach determined that Yoetzet Halacha would become a household word in American Orthodox Jewish homes within five years. Together we set to work. Complemented by a national publicity campaign, a small determined cadre of Yoatzot crisscrossed the U.S., introducing themselves and their new Jewish profession to the Orthodox community. They gave hundreds of speeches and divrei Torah. They counseled individual women and consulted congregational rabbis and roshei yeshiva.
Dr. Felix Glaubach’s vision sparked a revolution. By 2011, women, 20-60 years old, expected their synagogue or community to hire a Yoetzet. But only three Yoatzot lived in the U.S. A savvy philanthropist who recognized the Miriam Glaubach Center’s great appeal, Dr. Glaubach backed the Center’s expansion into an educational blockbuster that would produce Nishmat Yoatzot Halacha on American soil, adopting Nishmat’s masterful halachic and medical curriculum and it’s system of rabbinic certification.

 As a result, today, nearly a decade later, 28 Yoatzot Halacha work for 54 synagogues in 20 American communities. Orthodox women all over the U.S. and Canada are asking “Yoetzet questions.”  They regard access to Yoatzot Halacha as one of the basic ritual services of their community.  As a result, observant young women are asking more halachic questions and learning more about the halachic process and how to better incorporate it into their lives. 

OUR 2020 YEARBOOK

THE YOATZOT HALACHA OF 

NISHMAT’S MIRIAM GLAUBACH CENTER

Commencement 2013

Commencement 2015

CLASS OF 2013

CLASS OF 2015

CLASS OF 2017

CLASS OF 2019

INTRODUCING 

THE MIRIAM GLAUBACH CENTER 

CLASS OF 2021

Sarit Anstandig, Ann Arbor, MI 

Shuli Bossewitch, Miami, FL 

Rachel Cohen, Sydney, Australia

Shalvie Friedman, London, England

Hadassah Fromson, London, England

Ellin Mitchell, NYC

Shira Neuman, Columbus ,OH 

Ruthie Shulman, Houston, TX

Hannah Spellman, NYC

Zissy Turner-Berkovitz, NYC

THE MIRIAM GLAUBACH CENTER 

at a Glance

Where in America are Yoatzot Halacha?

THE MIRIAM GLAUBACH CENTER
OUR FACULTY & LEADERSHIP

AMERICAN FRIENDS OF NISHMAT

Sharon Liberman Mintz
  President

Harriet Sherman Schimel
Executive Director

NISHMAT’S MIRIAM GLAUBACH CENTER 

ADVISORY BOARD

Sarah Roer Bendheim

 

Hadassah Lieberman

Co-Chairs

Alisha Abboudi

Alan Adler, M.D.

Alison Anziska

Dr. Giti Bendheim

Samantha Bryk

Tammy Bryk, D.D.S.

Amy Fox Griffel, M.D.

Faye Koschitzky

NISHMAT. Not just an institution, but a vision.

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