Nishmat's Women’s Health and HalachaIn memory of Chaya Mirel bat R' Avraham

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Yoatzot Halacha Milestones

  • 2022 Second Virtual Global Health & Halacha Conference

    The Second Virtual Global Health and Halacha Conference was held in May 2022 in partnership with Mizrachi Canada and included sessions in both English and French. The first “Noshemet” Online Conference took place at the same time in Hebrew. Over 4500 registered worldwide. 

  • 2022 English translation of Nishmat Ha-Bayit

    Nishmat and OU Press with Maggid Press publish the English translation of Nishmat Ha-Bayit. Authored by a team of seven Yoatzot Halacha scholars, the book was edited by Rabbi Yehuda Henkin z”l and Rabbanit Chana Henkin. Nishmat Ha-Bayit is an authoritative source of the psak of Rav Henkin z”l as well as that of Rav […]

  • 2022 Social Media

    Instagram page reaches over 8360 followers.

  • 2022 Specialized course – breast and ovarian cancer

    Thirty-six Yoatzot Halacha complete a course, offered in partnership with Sharsheret, preparing them to specialize in halachic and hashkafic aspects of breast & ovarian cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

  • 2021-2022 Fertility Webinars

    Yoetzet Halacha Fertility Counselors present ten webinars in Hebrew on different topics related to the fertility journey, including fertility preservation, ovulation before the mikveh, IVF, surrogacy, and prayer. Over 300 people register for these webinars.

  • 2021 OCD and Taharat HaMishpacha Booklet

    Research Institute Fellow Yoetzet Halacha Sarit-Chen Kroitoro prepares a booklet for halachic authorities on the intersection of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and taharat hamishpacha.

  • 2021 First Virtual Global Health and Halacha Conference

    The first virtual global Health and Halacha conference held in partnership with Mizrachi Canada. Close to 4000 participants from all over the world choose from over 40 sessions on a wide variety of topics connected to  family, health, and halacha.

  • 2021

    Nishmat launches Instagram account, bringing halachic information to a new audience, and creating meaningful, relatable conversation surrounding women’s health and halacha.

  • 2020 Halachic Guidelines for Fertility Counselors

    Yoetzet Halacha Fertility Counselors prepare papers on Surrogacy and Donor Sperm, including halachic guidelines as well as medical and psychological considerations, for Yoatzot Halacha Fertility Counselors counseling couples on these topics.

  • 2020 COVID Pages at Yoatzot Websites

     With the outbreak of COVID, Nishmat Yoatzot Halacha websites publish guidelines and FAQs addressing questions of mikveh safety, taharat hamishpacha, and women’s health during the pandemic.

  • 2018 1.5 Million Page Views!

    on Nishmat’s Yoatzot Halacha sites…

  • 2018 Yoatzot Halacha Fertility Counselors

    Together with Keren Gefen, Nishmat trains and certifies a cadre of the most experienced and scholarly Yoatzot Halacha as Fertility Counselors. They provide a religiously expert supportive female address to help couples navigate the challenging process of fertility treatment.

  • 2018 Sefer Nishmat HaBayit

    Nishmat publishes Nishmat HaBayit, a volume of responsa on the topics of pregnancy, birth and family planning. Written by the Yoatzot Halacha of Nishmat’s Halachic Research Institute, edited by Rabbi Yehuda and Rabbanit Chana Henkin, and sponsored in memory of  Marcos Katz, the book gives voice to the experience and scholarship of Yoatzot Halacha.

  • 2017 OU-JLIC Kallah Teacher Training Program

    Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center partners with the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus to offer an online kallah teacher training program. Yoetzet Halacha Shoshana Samuels leads the 16-part webinar series for 15 OU-JLIC educators.

  • 2017 Distance learning

    The US Yoatzot Halacha fellowship opens its first class offering distance learning. Women from communities across the US and Canada now have the opporunity to become Yoatzot Halacha.

  • 2017 Historic statement issued by the OU

    “… the introduction of Yoatzot Halacha trained and certified by Nishmat, has resulted in a substantial increase in the number of hilchot nidda and related sheelot posed by women, who are asking far more sheelot than ever before, and receiving responses from a cadre of dedicated, knowledgeable and committed women.”

  • 2016 French Speaking Yoetzet

    Yoatzot Halacha Nathalie Loewenberg begins answering questions on Nishmat’s new French website, French telephone hotline, and within the community. She gives classes and lectures in Israel – and in France, where she travels several times a year.

  • 2016 Yoatzot Halacha recognized at Knesset

    Knesset member Shuli Mualem presents a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Deena Zimmerman and Tirza Kelman, recognizing the directors of for their invaluable work advancing women’s health.

  • 2015 Second U.S. Yoatzot Graduation Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center

    Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter of Yeshiva University, addresses the graduates: “Today is a Yuntif! Thanks to the dogged determination and ferocious tenacity of Rabbanit Chana Henkin, we have merited in our time to see the emergence of women as formidable Torah Scholars.”

  • 2014 Yoatzot Across America Month

    In March, 27 synagogues hosted Yoatzot Halacha as visiting scholars in “Yoatzot Across America Month.”

  • 2014 Mikveh Attendant Project

    Nishmat receives a government contract to train mikveh attendants throughout Israel. Yoetzet Halacha Rotem Glasser designs and leads the course. Topics include first aid, communications skills, women’s health, OCD, fear of water, sexuality, domestic violence, and spirituality.

  • 2013 First U.S. Yoatzot Graduation Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center

    Rabbi Yona Reiss, Av Beit Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, says, “These remarkable women are poised to play a pivotal role in promoting taharat hamishpacha, facilitating happy and healthy marriages, and enabling the birth of more beautiful Jewish children in the world…”

  • 2012 Britain’s first Yoetzet

    Lauren Levin becomes the first Yoetzet Halacha in England. She is appointed community educator and head of the women’s division at Finchley Synagogue in London, widely known as Kinloss.

  • 2012 Yoatzot Halacha Research Institute

    Nishmat’s Halachic Research institute is established and selects five outstanding Yoatzot Halacha as research fellows. Led by Michal Roness and Noa Lau, they engage in in-depth analysis of contemporary medical-halachic questions.

  • 2011 U.S. Yoatzot Halacha Fellows Program (YH-US)

    Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center establishes a Yoatzot Halacha Fellows Program in the US. Faculty include Rabbi Kenneth Auman (Dean), Rabbi Gedalyah Berger (Senior Lecturer), and Yoetzet Halacha Atara Eis (Director). Over 50 mainstream Orthodox rabbis sign on to the honorary rabbinic committee in support of Yoatzot Halacha.

  • 2011 Spanish Course and Website

    An online Taharat Hamishpajá course in Spanish is dedicated in honor of Nancy Harris Friedberg by her children. Yoetzet Halacha Goldie Katz Samson answers questions in Spanish.

  • 2008 Hebrew Yoatzot Halacha Website

    Nishmat launches in Hebrew, dedicated in memory of Louise Khakshouri. Yoetzet Halacha Tirza Kelman directs the site and Rav Yaacov Warhaftig provides halachic supervision.

  • 2008 Marriage Companion

    Nishmat creates an online review course for women and couples, dedicated in memory of Blima Rivka Adel bat Daniel.

  • 2006 Miriam Glaubach Center

    Dr. Felix Glaubach establishes Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center to honor his cherished wife, Dr. Miriam Glaubach. The Center’s mission is to enhance women’s observance of the laws of taharat hamishpacha and bring the expertise and compassion of Nishmat’s Yoatzot Halacha to Jewish communities across North America.

  • 2005 Kallah Companion

    Nishmat creates an online curriculum for brides, dedicated by Nancy Harris Friedberg in memory of her grandmother, Fannie Harris.

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