EYAHT

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EYAHT College of Jewish Studies for Women
Hebrew: א.י.ה.ת.
Address
22 Imrei Binah St.
Kiryat Sanz
Jerusalem
Israel
Information
Opened 1982
Closed 2014
Menahel Rebbetzin Denah Weinberg
Affiliation Orthodox

EYAHT (Hebrew: א.י.ה.ת.‎, an acronym for the phrase, אשה יראת ה' היא תתהלל, Eesha Yirat Adonoy Hi Tithallal, "A woman who fears God, she shall be praised", Proverbs 31:30),[1] was a full-time college for advanced Jewish learning for women in Jerusalem, Israel.

Geared to unaffiliated, college-educated and professional women aged 22–30[2] from English-speaking countries, EYAHT introduced women to the basics of Torah Judaism and encouraged them to integrate Torah values into their lives.[3] Most of its students were inspired to become baalot teshuva ("returnees to the faith"), marry, and establish their own Torah-observant homes. EYAHT has over 2,000 alumnae.[4]

History[edit]

The college was founded with seed money from Aish HaTorah in 1982 by Rebbetzin Denah Weinberg, wife of Aish HaTorah's rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Noah Weinberg. Classrooms were located in two ground-floor apartments across the street from the Weinbergs' home in Kiryat Sanz.[5] Dormitory apartments were rented in surrounding buildings.

Curriculum[edit]

EYAHT offered classes on Jewish philosophy, history, prayer, Parashah, Chumash, holidays and The 48 Ways to Wisdom (a curriculum developed by Rabbi Weinberg based on Pirkei Avot 6:6) at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. There was a strong focus on the role of the Jewish woman in her family and community, with special classes in shalom bayit (domestic harmony) and chinuch habonim (raising Jewish children). Students enrolled for a semester up to two years; day and week programs were available.

Alumni[edit]

Noteworthy alumnae include Rebbetzin Lori Palatnik, author and Jewish educator,[6] Rebbetzin Emuna Braverman, teacher and author of the "Mom With a View" blog on Aish.com,[7] and women's entertainer Ayelet the Kosher Komic.[8]

New campus[edit]

Shortly after inaugurating a five-story, 15,400-square-foot (1,430 m2) campus in the Romema neighborhood in 2014,[9][10] EYAHT was closed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aish HaTorah Women's Organization (1987). The Taste of Shabbos: the complete Sabbath cookbook. p. 149. ISBN 0-87306-426-7. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "EYAHT". jewishwomenlearning.com. 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Zeldman, Melanie (10 February 1999). "Educating Women to Judaism". Dei'ah veDibur. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "EYAHT - Aish HaTorah's College of Jewish Studies for Women". eyaht.org. Archived from the original on 6 June 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Dolgin, Yehudit (January 7, 2008). "Inspired Through Intellect". Binah Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 February 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "About the Presenter". Project Sinai. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Mom With a View". 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Bains, Josh. "Kosher Komedy". Five Towns Jewish Times. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Cidor, Peggy (13 June 2014). "This Week in Jerusalem". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 17 October 2016 – via HighBeam. (Subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ Sofer, Barbara (28 February 2014). "Moving Upstairs". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 17 October 2016 – via HighBeam. (Subscription required (help)). 

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