Orthodox Jews offer women graduate training in Talmud

Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) -- Yeshiva University has launched a graduate program in Orthodox-oriented study of Talmud and Torah for women, said to be the first university-based program of its kind in the United States.

The two-year program for up to 10 women will lead to a certificate, but students have the option of simultaneously earning master's degrees tuition-free at the university's graduate school of Jewish education.

Professor Ephraim Kanarfogel, who will direct the new program, said it ''will enable an elite cadre of women to be better prepared to be leaders in Jewish scholarship.''

He stressed that the training is not analogous to rabbinic ordination, which Orthodoxy does not allow for women.

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