Program For Frum Women To Explore Torah’s View On Male & Female Roles, Religious Liberty


womenThe Tikvah Fund will host its second Institute for Women later this summer. The program marks the second time Tikvah will host an all-expense-paid program designed for frum women to study important topics of public policy.

This year the institute is entitled “Women, Men, and the Future of Marriage in America,” and will address the Torah’s view on male and female roles, and the growing tensions in America surrounding freedom of religion, especially on the issue of marriage.

Presenters will include Miriam Kosman, the Bnei Brak-based teacher and author of the groundbreaking book Circle, Arrow, Spiral: Exploring Gender in Judaism, noted posek Rav Dovid Cohen of Kehillas Gvul Ya’avitz, and Professor Michael Avi Helfand of Pepperdine University, an expert on religious law and religious liberty.

In addition to engaging seminar discussions, the program will also feature presentations by prominent accomplished women in public life.

Mona Charen, a nationally syndicated political columnist and communications staff member in the Reagan White House, will deliver a talk about the role of women in contemporary American society based on her career in national politics and cultural analysis. And a special evening program will feature several accomplished frum women from a variety of professional backgrounds in a panel discussion on prioritizing marriage and family amid personal, spiritual and professional commitments. Among the panelists will be Dr. Aviva Weisbord, Executive Director of SHEMESH in Baltimore, and education expert Professor Shani Bechhofer of Touro’s Graduate School of Jewish Studies.

The institute will take place August 23 thru 25 in New York City, and is geared toward women between the ages of 20 and 40. The Tikvah Fund fully subsidizes all participation costs, including tuition, travel expenses, and a modest stipend. For more information or to apply, visit Applications are due July 17.

The Tikvah Fund is a philanthropic foundation and think tank which supports Jewish intellectual, religious, and political leaders. The organization runs educational programs in Eretz Yisroel and the United States for Jews of all backgrounds. It was founded by the late financier Zalman Bernstein z”l, who also began the Avi Chai Foundation and the Association for Jewish Outreach Programs (AJOP).

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