Speaker Bios 2015 UK Conference

Rabba Sara Hurwitz is on the Rabbinic staff at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale and serves as Dean of Yeshivat Maharat, the first Orthodox program to ordain women as clergy.  Rabba Sara graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University and completed Drisha’s three-year Scholars Circle Program. She was ordained in 2009 by Rabbi Avi Weiss and Rabbi Daniel Sperber.  Rabba Sara was awarded the Hadassah Foundation Bernice S. Tannenbaum prize in 2013. She was named as one of the Jewish Week’s 36 under 36, the Forward50 most influential Jewish leaders, Newsweek’s 50 most influential rabbis three years in a row, and is a Bikkurim fellow.

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz is Chair of the Talmud Department at Yeshivat Chovevi Torah; Director of the Lindenbaum Center for the Study of Halakha; Rabbi of the Prospect Heights Synagogue and director of Judaic Studies at the Luria Academy in Park Slope, New York.  He studied at Brisk and at Yeshivat Beis Yosef, Navaradok and received ordination from Rabbi Roth, Dayan of UTA Satmar.  A graduate of the HaSha'ar Program for Jewish educators, Rabbi Katz taught at the Ma'ayanot High School for girls and SAR High School, taught a very popular Daf Yomi class in Borough Park for over a decade, and currently teaches a widely attended Gemara shiur on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Nechama Goldman Barash made aliyah from Philadelphia over 20 years ago after graduating from Stern College. She studied for three years in Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute and finished a master’s degree in Talmud at Bar-Ilan University, with a thesis on the Beautiful Captive Woman in the Eyes of Chazal. She teaches at a variety of Israeli institutions and is also a graduate of Nishmat’s Yoetzet Halacha program. Recently she has been a member of the Beit Hillel national-religious group. Currently she is studying in Matan’s new Hilchata program, which is an advanced program in the area of Jewish law. Nechama lives in Gush Etzion with her husband and four daughters.

Lindsay Simmonds is an associate faculty member at LSJS and lectures widely on Gender and Judaism. She has a degree in Speech and Language Pathology and an MSc in Gender Studies from the LSE, where she is now working towards completing her PhD. She studied at Nishmat, was a Bruria Scholar at Midreshet Lindenbaum and is a graduate of the LSJS Susi Bradfield Women Educators’ Fellowships. Lindsay was a participant of the Cambridge Co-Exist Leadership Programme, and is involved in several interfaith initiatives.

Sharon Shenhav is a Jerusalem based women’s rights lawyer. Currently Sharon is the Chair of the International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW) Committee on the Status of Women in Jewish Law and lectures widely on the problems of agunot and the Jewish divorce process. She was the only woman who served two terms on the Commission to Appoint Dayanim as the elected representative of the Israel Bar Association from 2003-2009.

Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz has a BA in archaeology and anthropology from Cambridge, and an MA in prehistory from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a Teaching Fellow at London School of Jewish Studies, and also edits and translates books for the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization. She is currently finishing a part-time PhD at UCL, investigating the religious lives of Orthodox Jewish women in contemporary London. https://www.lsjs.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/LTG.jpg