Economic crisis strikes Talmud program for women

19.05.2012                      27.Ijar. 5772                    Behar-Beschukotai; Tag 42 des Omer

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Economic crisis strikes Talmud program for women

About 25 percent of the program's participants over the years have been native English-speakers or have come from English-speaking homes.

The planned closing of a Jerusalem-based Talmud program for Orthodox women is calling attention to the increasingly tenuous position of not-for-profit organizations in Israel, which are still reeling from the effects of the global economic downturn.
"It's a matter of resources," says Gila Meyerson, a staff member at Matan – The Sadie Rennert Women's Institute for Torah Studies, a program that is popular among native English-speakers in Israel. Last week, three students enrolled in Matan's Advanced Talmudic Institute authored an online Times of Israel essay in which they disclosed that Matan informed them of its plans to close the institute at the end of the school year "for budgetary reasons"….