News from the Westchester Yoetzet Halachah Initiative
We are thrilled that Shiffy Friedman who will continue to serve as the Westchester Yoetzet Halachah. Shiffy is a member of the Judaic studies faculty at SAR Academy. She, along with her husband, Rabbi Noam Friedman, are the JLIC couple at Columbia/Barnard Hillel. On campus, she teaches classes, mentors students, hosts shabbat and yom tov meals, and generally takes part in Columbia/Barnard Jewish life.
Shiffy, who hails from Teaneck, studied at the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for women in Migdal Oz after graduating from Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School in Teaneck, NJ. She then went on to earn a BA at Yeshiva University in Judaic studies and dual Master’s in Education and Jewish studies from New York University.
More specifically related to her role in our community, Shiffy studied in Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center’s U.S. Yoatzot Halachah Fellows Program and was certified as a yoetzet halachah as part of the second graduating class in the United States. Her training also encompasses areas of biology, psychology and sexuality. Since her graduation, she has taught brides in preparation for their weddings and she counsels women through questions relating to interface of women’s health and halachah.
Shiffy and Noam, along with their children, Avital and Adir, live near the Columbia and Barnard campuses in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights.