In honor of the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia aims to encourage multi-dimensional engagement with Israel by all members across our diverse communities. This year, we are proud to support multiple programs hosted by the Orthodox community in the Greater Philadelphia area to inspire engagement with Israel’s abundance of Torah scholarship.

2018 Torah MiTziyon Programs

Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel

March 15-17, 2018
Kohelet Yeshiva Beit Midrash

In honor of Israel70, Kohelet Yeshiva Beit Midrash welcomes Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel, a Senior Scholar and Ambassador for Nishmat, a Modern Orthodox Jewish institution of higher Torah learning for women in Israel. Rachelle was propelled to international recognition under devastating circumstances, when her teenage son, Naftali, and his fellow students, Eyal Yifrah and Gil-Ad Shaer, were kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in 2014. Addressing prayer vigils, rallies and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, she became a public voice of the families and a symbol of unprecedented social unity, prayer and faith.

Rachelle is a certified yoetzet halacha (an authority on halacha [Jewish law]) and an advisor to Nishmat’s Women’s Halachic Hotline. This program is presented in conjunction with Yesh Tikva’s Infertility Awareness Shabbat.