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Womens Program

As the goal of the Kollel is to impact Jewish communities worldwide, the Kollel wives have a crucial role to play in the success of the initiative. It was therefore decided to create a program for the further development of these women as educators, mentors and counsellors, in order to facilitate the maximum impact on their future communities.

The Kollel was very fortunate in securing the services of Rebbetsen Simma Spetner to found the Program. With her vast experience in the areas of personal growth and education, she was able to initiate the program to meet the special needs of women training to become effective partners in this essential enterprise.

Rebbetsen Chana Kalsmith, the current Director of the Women’s Program, has a long and varied background in Kiruv and Jewish Education. Rebbetsen Kalsmith served for years as a lecturer and teacher for both Aish International and The Jewish Renaissance Center, as well as being the co-founder and Educational Director of the Aish HaTorah International Partner’s Conference. In addition, through Project Chazon, she has lectured in most of the Beis Yaakovs of the Tri-state area. In Israel, she has founded the Ohr Miriam learning program, and teaches and trains young women in various seminaries and other programs.

In addition, we are privileged to have Rabbi Berkovits and other leading educators staff the program, helping to place the Women’s Program at the forefront of its genre.