WIT Summer Spotlight on Women in Tanach

Classes Begin Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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Summer Spotlight Speaker Bios

Mrs. Rivka Leah Goldman is a teacher par excellence who has taught in day schools, Talmud Torahs, and in an adult education milieu in various communities throughout the U.S. She resides in Baltimore where she educates kosher consumers, in her capacity as a Kashrus Computer Specialist for STAR-K Certification, in addition to delivering popular parsha and Rosh Chodesh shiurim for women.

Mrs. Shira Hochheimer, a native Baltimorean has been educating woman and girls of all ages for over 15 years. She is passionate about empowering women to find more fulfillment in their lives by learning Torah. Shira has a BA from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women and a MA in Secondary Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School.  She has been a Rebbetzin in Rochester, NY and is now an educator in Baltimore. She is the author of Eishes Chayil: Ancient Wisdom for Women of Today published by Mosaic Press in 2017, which is now in its second printing.

Mrs. Mindi Hauer- bio coming soon!

Mrs. Rivka Hurwitz is an enthusiastic and engaging lecturer. Born in London, England to a Rabbinic family, Rivka grew up with a deep commitment to Jewish education and service. Now a well-established lecturer, educator and entrepreneur with a passion for Chassidic philosophy, she offers a unique perspective on integrating Jewish mysticism into the fabric of our daily lives. By addressing a wide variety of topics on the spectrum of Jewish issues, Rivka uses philosophy and humor to inspire and educate.


Mrs. Amian Kelemer is the Chief Executive Officer of the Macks Center for Jewish Education.  She is passionate about ensuring access to outstanding Jewish education for all members of the greater Baltimore community. This commitment was first shaped by her teaching experience at Gesher LaTorah over 24 years ago and she has been working at the CJE in various capacities ever since! Amian received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Education from Barnard College, Columbia University and her Master’s Degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University. When not at the office, Amian enjoys playing violin, cooking and spending time with her husband and five children.


Mrs. Shifra Rabenstein received her B.A. in Judaic Studies from Stern College.  She went on to earn a Masters degree in School Administration from Johns Hopkins University.  She is a faculty member of the Rebbetzin Frieda K. Hirmes Women’s Institute of Torah, Maalot Baltimore and Bais Yaakov of Baltimore. She resides with her husband and three children in Baltimore, Maryland. 


Mrs. Rachelle Reingold is a native of Silver Spring, MD where she currently resides.  Mrs. Reingold is the Judaic Department Chair at the Girls Division of the Yeshiva of Greater Washington where she teaches chumash as well.  Mrs. Reingold feels that teaching Torah is her passion.   She is also on the faculty of WITS/Maalot Baltimore.

Rebbetzin Ettie Rosenbaum is the Founding Director of the Rebbetzin Frieda K. Hirmes Women’s Institute of Torah (WIT) and is currently Menaheles at Maalot Seminary. Mrs. Rosenbaum has been giving a class in Navi for WIT for over two decades, which draws over 70 women each week.

Mrs. Chana Slavaticki- bio coming soon!

Rabbi Shmuel Silber is the Rav of Baltimore’s Suburban Orthodox Congregation Toras Chaim and a member of the faculty of the Rebbetzin Frieda K. Hirmes Women’s Institute of Torah.  Prior to coming to Baltimore, Rabbi Silber was the Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Torah, in Fair Lawn, NJ. While at Shomrei Torah, he was also Director of Education for KOF-K Kosher Supervision, an international Kashrus agency based in Teaneck, NJ. Rabbi Silber received Semicha from Yeshiva University and in addition he has received a Masters degree in Secondary Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School.

Mrs. Jaclyn Sova moved to Baltimore from New York, where she taught Tanach at the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls for seven years and currently teaches at the Beth Tfiloh High School and Bnos Yisroel High School. Jaclyn received a Master’s Degree in Jewish education and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education and Administration. In addition to teaching, Jaclyn lectures to various ages of women in the community.

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