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Yoetzet Halacha

Netivot Shalom is proud to partner with other local synagogues in supporting two Yoatzot Halacha in Bergen County.

Yoatzot Halacha are women certified by a panel of Orthodox rabbis to be a resource for women with questions regarding Taharat Hamishpachah (an area of Jewish Law that relates to marriage, sexuality and women’s health). This role was devised to assist women who are more comfortable discussing very personal issues with another woman.

The purposes of this position are:

  • To encourage women to feel comfortable asking all of their questions in Hilchot Niddah in a way that also enables them to share all of the relevant details.
  • To give a woman not only a specific response to the issue she is dealing with at that moment but to give her the guidance and general advice that will help her get from Point A to Point B in dealing with her overall situation at the present time and in the future.
  • To provide education through shiurim, lectures, and long one on one phone calls so that women understand Hilchot Niddah, feel more in control of what is happening to them and are therefore better equipped to ask good questions.
  • To engender positive feelings about the laws of Taharat Hamishpacha, the sensitivity of Rabbanim and how the halachic system works so that couples can observe these laws with greater commitment and less resentment.

Women in our community can reach out to either Yoetzet privately and confidentially via phone or email. 

Rivka Alter is a member of the Judaic studies faculty and twelfth grade dean at Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central). She presently serves as a Yoetzet Halacha in the Riverdale, NY and Stamford, CT communities. Rivka is an experienced kallah teacher as well as a mentor for Nishmat’s kallah teacher training program. She frequently teaches adults and teens locally, on zoom, and for the OU Women’s Initiative. She is currently completing her EdD in Jewish education at YU’s Azrieli graduate school. Rivka lives in Bergenfield with her husband Daniel and their seven children.
Contact Yh Rivka Alter at: teaneckyoetzetrivka@gmail.com or (303) 725-8527

Nechama Price is the Director of Yeshiva University’s Graduate Program for Advanced Talmud Studies (GPATS), from which she earned certification in 2003. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Bible and Judaic Studies departments at Stern College, where she has been teaching since 2004. Nechama earned a master’s degree in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School, and an MA in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. She is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the American branch of Nishmat’s Yoetzet Halacha Program, and currently serves as a Yoetzet Halacha (Halakhic Advisor) to the communities of Teaneck, Englewood, Tenafly, Livingston, West Orange, and Long Branch NJ. Nechama recently published her first book, Tribal Blueprints, analyzing the lives and personalities of the twelve tribes Nechama is a community scholar and speaks all over North America.   She lives in Bergenfield, NJ with her husband & four children. Contact  YH Nechama Price at: teaneckyoetzetnechama@gmail.com or (201) 888-6999

Sun, April 21 2024 13 Nisan 5784