Two Cincinnati synagogues – Golf Manor Synagogue and Congregation Sha’arei Torah – are participating in the Orthodox Union Women’s Initiative Simchat Torah program this year.

The Orthodox Union is making observance of Simchat Torah more meaningful for women in North America. The Women’s Initiative is partnering with more than 40 synagogues in 16 states and one Canadian province to provide shiurim for women on Simchat Torah morning during aliyot.

“The opportunity to celebrate the Torah through study is a fulfillment of the essence of Simchat Torah,” said Founding Director of the OU Women’s Initiative Rebbetzin Dr. Adina Shmidman. “Connecting synagogues with local scholars creates a Simchat Torah morning learning opportunity so that all feel involved and engaged.”

“The program was piloted last year and received very positive feedback. This year our member synagogues were very interested in an expansion of this program as it addresses an important communal need in a very effective manner,” said Orthodox Union President Moishe Bane.

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