WIT Scholar in Residence Program Featuring Speakers From

Around the World

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Mrs. Shalvie Friedman grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. After receiving a BSC in Mathematics- she both studied and later taught at various seminaries in Israel.   She now lives in the UK where she is a senior educator for Aish UK and teaches Torah in Hasmonean High School. 


Mrs. Michal Horowitz, a graduate of Brooklyn College, teaches Judaic studies classes to adults of all ages, with a focus on Parshat HaShavua, the Chagim, Tefilah and Machshava. She teaches weekly at shuls and venues in her home community of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway. Michal has served as a guest speaker and scholar in residence in many communities, both nationally and internationally.  Michal lives in Woodmere, NY with her husband and children.

Mrs. Rivka Segal  has been involved in women's Torah education for over thirty five years.  She was born and bred in Baltimore and taught in Bais Yaakov of Baltimore High School and Maalot Seminary and was the Director of the Rebbetzin Frieda K. Hirmes Women's Institute of Torah.  She moved with her family to Israel fifteen years ago, and served as the Director of Programming at the OU Israel Center before becoming the Director of the Shlavim English program that works with Israeli schools and empowers the at risk population though mastery of English as a second language.  Her focus for the past ten years has been teaching women to find their personal spiritual empowerment in the book of Tehillim.  She teaches Tehillim to women in Jerusalem and all over the world.  She is the author of two books as part of the a series on Living Tehillim: Finding yourself in Tehillim. 

Mrs. Sara Aliza Scheinberg is a senior lecturer for Partners Detroit and has been involved in education for over 25 years.  She has a unique ability to connect with her audiences and although she currently lectures on a wide variety of topics, especially Emunah and Chinuch.  Sara Aliza is known for her intellectually stimulating classes that are both inspiring and practical. A highly respected speaker, Sara Aliza has been invited to speak across the country. She is a life coach in her own community, and is sought after for advice about dating, relationships, parenting and personal development.  Her most important and fulfilling role is that of a wife and mother.

Mrs. Shira Smiles is a highly sought-after international lecturer, a popular seminary teacher, and an experienced curriculum developer. She is well-known for her unique teaching style, which seeks to bring understanding of Torah texts through analysis of relevant sources, while making the lessons learned from every verse relevant to her students' lives. Mrs. Smiles teaches at Darchei Bina Seminary. In addition, she leads a number of women's study group classes in Beit Shemesh, Yerushalayim, and Modiin. Mrs. Smiles also trains Torah teachers in special workshops all over the world. Mrs. Smiles gives a weekly shiur that is broadcast around the world via satellite hookup, has a direct teleconference shiur with students in LA, and has over 300 audio shiurim. Her first book is called Torah Tapestries. 


Mrs. Shanie Warman enjoys teaching Chumash and Jewish History at Tiferes Bais Yaakov in Toronto. Before moving to Toronto, she taught at various Seminaries in Israel including Michlalah, Shaalvim for Women and Tomer Devora. Shanie is enthusiastic about making the sources come alive for her students. She lives with her husband and children in Thornhill, Ontario.


Mrs. Esther Wein has been teaching Jewish women for close to 30 years. She is known for teaching subjects such as Parsha, Tefillah, Navi, History on an intellectually advanced level, but gearing her shiurim towards students with all levels of education.  With a strong text based and philosophical emphasis, she strives to expose students to fundamental Jewish ideas and their eternal truths. Drawing on great masters spanning from the Midrash, Rambam, and Ramban to more modern thinkers such as the Maharal, Ramchal, Rav Hirsh, her grandfather Rav Shimon Schwab and Rav Moshe Shapiro, she excites and inspires her audience with the ingenuity and profundity that is hiding just beneath the surface of the text.


Mrs. Ruhama Welcher has been teaching Torah to high school girls and women in London, the USA and South Africa for the past 17 years. She is the founder and director of the Teacher Training Academy and the Hazel Sasson Women's Learning Centre in Johannesburg. She lives with her husband and children in Johannesburg. 

Scholar in Residence Recordings