As the first female spiritual leader in Riverdale NY, Sharona Halickman is a trailblazer in Jewish women's learning.
At first, her role in Rabbi Avi Weiss's synagogue was portrayed as controversial, but then people saw value
in having a woman in the community to turn to for bat mitzvah guidance, for female converts and at prayer services in the synagogue.
Sharona and her husband kept their Aliyah plans secret from the community until right before departure date.
Once in Israel, Sharona couldn't find a learning program for women which integrated every aspect of Jewish life.
So she opened a new program, Midreshet Devorah ( a subsidiary of Torat Reva which Sharona also spearheaded),
which incorporated Torah study, Jewish thought, and Hebrew ulpan with cultural activities, community work, hiking trips, and cooking.
Within a few years, at the request of a student, Sharona created a joint program with the Jerusalem Culinary Institute,
which combines a professional kosher cooking school with a Torah learning program.
Tune in to find out more, and check out the website: http://www.midreshetdevora.org.