Prayer Leadership Reaches a High Note Profile: Osnat Bensoussan, Ashira Student, Spring 2019


Leadership requires communication, discipline, and thoughtfulness. Prayer leadership, requires all that and then some. Meet Osnat Bensoussan, a company CEO with family roots in Morocco and a student in Ashira, the Rabbinical Seminary’s newest program. Learn how she is leading her Sephardic egalitarian prayer community and how she came to study at SRS.

Annual Conference on the Status of Women in Israel Raises Difficult Questions


The 13th annual conference was held on Thursday, March 14, 2019, with the generous support of Professor Alice Shalvi, former Rector and Acting President of Schechter. Among the speakers were women leading the successful effort to pass a law that incriminates consumers of prostitution. The law was passed at the end of 2018, shortly before the upcoming elections to the Knesset were declared. The new law will come into force within 16 months, together with a rehabilitation program for women involved in prostitution, and will impose fines on consumers. Israel is the eighth country in the world to legislate such a law.

Touching Roots A Tu B’Shvat Exhibition at Neve Schechter


This year on Tu B’Shvat, Neve Schechter will host a very special exhibition. It will display photographs taken in the framework of project conducted in partnership with the Neve Tzedek Municipal High School. The project has been running for five years, and the exhibition opening for Tu B’Shvat will be the fifth one held at the Neve Schechter modern art gallery, a highly acclaimed Tel Aviv exhibition space.

The Ideal Woman


On December 4th, 2018, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Israel demanding that authorities act to curb sharp increase in violence against women. This is the time to remind ourselves that Jewish tradition honors strong women. Let us look in depth at Eshet Chayil, the proverbial woman of valor – what are the qualities she is praised for?