National Council of Young Israel Graduates Its Fifth Online Kallah Teacher Training Class


kallahThe National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) recently graduated its fifth Kallah Teacher Training Class. This unique online program trains Rebbetzins to become Kallah teachers who can educate kallahs and guide them through the typical issues that arise during the early stages of marriage.

Since its inception in the summer of 2009, approximately 100 women have successfully completed the Kallah Teacher Training Class. Women from all over the country and around the world have participated in this special online program, from such places as California, Florida, Maryland, Illinois, Massachusetts, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Canada, and England.

Participants take part in 5 self-paced online lectures, and assignments and interactive class discussions are all done via the Young Israel Class blog.

The National Council of Young Israel’s Kallah Teacher Training Class, which is open to married women serving as Synagogue Rebbetzins or those aspiring to become Synagogue Rebbetzins, covers a wide range of topics, including a thorough review of the laws of Taharas Hamishpacha; hashkafic insights into Taharas Hamishpacha and Shalom Bayis; basic teaching skills as they pertain to one-on-one instruction; different approaches for different types of Kallahs; guiding a Kallah through the engagement period and the beginning of marriage; and discussions about where to go for additional resources and how to ask specialized questions.

The program is taught by Rebbetzin Chani Silver of the Young Israel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rebbetzin Silver has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Information Technology and a Masters of Education from Duquesne University in Instructional Technology. She received her training in teaching Taharas Hamispacha from Rebbetzin Tehilla Abramov, founder of JME (Jewish Marriage Education) and the author of The Secret of Jewish Femininity. Rebbetzin Silver has taught both adults and teenagers subjects including Halacha, Hashkafa, Chumash, Navi, and computer science and has been teaching kallahs for over 20 years.

“I have found the classes to be very resourceful as a great review for myself and in guiding women in the community,” said Rebbetzin Shuly Zuckerman of the Young Israel of Pelham Parkway, who participated in the Young Israel’s Kallah Teacher Training Class.

For more information about the National Council of Young Israel’s Kallah Teacher Training Class, contact NCYI Director of Programming Rebbetzin Judi Steinig at 212-929-1525 x112 or via email at Women interested in participating in the program can also apply online at

{Noam Newscenter}