Audio: Chana Rubin Ausubel: Mother to Converts and Baalei Teshuva

After raising her own children, Chana Ausubel started two women's yeshivot in Israel, raising hundreds of girls.
11/23/2012, 1:27 PM

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When a woman is raised by a tzaddik, chances are good that she'll grow up to do great things as well.

Chana Rubin Ausubel's father, Irving Buman, was among the founders of the Lakewood Yeshiva, of the Young Israel movement and of Vaad Hatzoloh, which saved scores of Jews from the fires of the Holocaust. He was president of RJJ Yeshiva for most of his life, and the author of the oft-read volume Ethics of Sinai. He was a student of R' Aaron Kutler, of R' Kook and of Ze'ev Jobotinsky. This gave Chana a broad and wide appreciation for Torah Judaism in its many colors and shades, and a strong love for her fellow Jews and for Eretz Yisrael.

Chana started her career teaching, then opened a nursery in her home, dedicated to helping families incorporate Judaism into their homes. Soon she became a director for the government-run Head Start program, and later she became the National Field Director for Emunah Women, starting chapters all over the U.S. It was in the early 1980s that she finally fulfilled a life-long dream and made Aliyah. After being approached by Rabbi Dov Begun, she opened up an English-speaking division for Machon Ora, the women's branch of the Machon Maeir yeshiva for Baalei Teshuva (returnees to Judaism). In time, she saw the need for a program specifically for English speaking converts, and opened Machon Maayan Binah for that purpose.

Hundreds of girls have passed under Chana's loving eye. Many consider her like a mother, and Chana shares many stories about women whom she brought to the Mikveh and to the Chupppah. She is still in touch with many of the girls, some of whom consult with her about their personal issues, and she speaks with pride about the families "her girls" have raised.

Chana also shares her views on the currents situation in Gaza. Chana was very active in helping Gush Katif expellees settle after the 2005 disengagement, and blames today's troubles on that very disengagement. She speaks passionately about her future goals and hopes, and inspires with her energy and pro-activity, even at the age of 80 k"h.

Tune in to meet an amazing woman, who has served as an inspiration to a generation of Jewish women.


Judy Simon is the host of the show Life Lessons and the mother of six children. After almost 20 years of teaching English and special education, Judy now serves as the Beit El Tourism Coordinator, and organizes tours of the site of Jacob's Dream in Beit El. Check out Beit El's website: and "like" the Beit El Heritage Center Facebook page: To "like" the Hebrew page: Life Lessons explores fascinating people from all walks of life and follows their stories of lessons learned along the way. The Life Lessons podcast airs every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Israel time on Israel National Radio.
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