Rabba Yaffa Epstein
The Wexner Foundation
Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of the Wexner Heritage Program at The Wexner Foundation. She received Orthodox Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat, earned an additional private Semicha from Rabbi Daniel Landes, holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University, and has studied at the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Yaffa formerly served as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, where she also taught Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy for over fifteen years, and served as the Founding Director of the Beit Midrash at the Dorot Fellowship in Israel. She has lectured at Limmud Events around the globe, has written curriculum for the Global Day of Jewish Learning and has created innovative educational programming for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, and Moishe House. She has participated in numerous Think Tanks on Adult Jewish Education and has trained Rabbis and Educators from every Jewish denomination.
Primary location: Columbus, Ohio
Subjects of expertise/Sample speaking topics:
Women in Halacha
Pluralism in the Jewish Community
Publications and videos:
JDov Talk Imposter syndrome: "I Am An Imposter" Filmed at Limmud Conference 2015
My Jewish Learning Women's issues: "Did Esther and Ruth Break the Glass Ceiling? A Debate" February 1, 2016
Yeshivat Maharat: Pastoral Torah Women's issues: "On Spies, Daughters, and Claiming our Inheritance" June 16, 2017
JOFA: Shema Bekolah Education: "Pesach – Hag HaHinukh: The Holiday of Education Passover, 2015
Pardes Hanukah Companion (p.7) Education: "Shining a Light on Our Habits" December 4, 2017
Pardes Rosh Hashana Companion (pp.9-10) Rosh Hashana: ”Don’t get Stuck in the Thorns” August 20, 2018
Adults - Men and Women, Pluralistic Organizations and Events. Expertise in teaching intergenerational groups, and people with varying degrees of exposure to Jewish text.
Sample teaching video:
Available upon request.