May 2020 -- Iyar-Sivan 5780,  Volume 26, Issue 5

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Leah Moskovich

Eliana Sohn Cohen

Two Female Scholars from Westchester Featured in OU Women’s Initiative

The OU Women’s Initiative, a division of the Orthodox Union, has launched a daily podcast called “Counting Toward Sinai,” offering shiurim about tefillah. The series will include lectures given by 49 renowned female scholars from the United States, United Kingdom and Israel who will present 5-minute shiurim at the pace of one per day during the 49 days of Sefirat HaOmer leading up to the holiday of Shavuot. Both Leah Moskovich, a member of Young Israel of New Rochelle and Eliana Sohn Cohen, a member of Congregation Anshe Sholom of New Rochelle, are featured in this series.

The podcast includes shiurim about daily tefillot as well as those pertaining to Yom Tov, including Modeh Ani, Birkot HaShachar, Birkot HaTorah, Az Yashir, Yishtabach, Shema, Teshuva, Hallel, Musaf for the Shalosh Regalim etc. Lectures are geared toward learners of all levels.


“Our hope is that these brief but meaningful presentations will help listeners to understand and strengthen their tefillah as we get closer to Shavuot,” said OU Women’s Initiative Founding Director Rebbetzin Dr. Adina Shmidman. “Our goal is to bring women together from all over the world and elevate the tefillah experience.”


“Our Women’s Initiative continues to create dynamic programming and learning opportunities for the Jewish community and we’re excited by the overwhelming positive response regarding the Counting Toward Sinai podcast,” said Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane.


“For many in our community, the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the importance of tefillah and many are looking for continued inspiration behind these prayers we recite each day,” said Orthodox Union Executive Vice President Allen Fagin. “We hope that this podcast helps to infuse meaning into our daily tefillot.”


Founded in 1898, the Orthodox Union, (OU), serves as the voice of American Orthodox Jewry, with over 400 congregations in its synagogue network. As the umbrella organization for American Orthodox Jewry, the OU is at the forefront of advocacy work on both state and federal levels, outreach to Jewish teens and young professionals through NCSY, Israel Free Spirit Birthright, Yachad and OU Press, among many other divisions and programs.


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