Young Israel of White Plains has expanded its staff—and opportunities for the women in its community—with the hiring of Dalia Shulman as community scholar. In her new role at YIWP, Shulman is a resource for women’s questions about health and halacha, mikva and related issues. She also serves as a scholar in residence and delivers classes and other education programs to the synagogue membership throughout the year.
“We created this new position at YIWP as part of our continuing effort to increase the visibility of female scholars, promote women’s learning and provide a confidential resource for members seeking halachic advice on women’s issues,” said Jeff Tretin, chairman of the Adult Education Committee at YIWP. “In Dalia Shulman, we have a dynamic, engaging and accomplished person to fulfill this role.”
Shulman is a Nishmat-certified yoetzet halacha (halachic advisor) and an alumna of the Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies at Stern College, with a background in biology, Jewish philosophy and medieval Jewish history. She also serves as the director of the Halacha and Infertility Program for YeshTikva.org, which provides support for couples experiencing infertility issues and undergoing fertility treatments.
Her halachic advice will be given under the guidance of Rabbi Shmuel Greenberg, rabbi of YIWP. Shulman has already completed her first scholar-in-residence shabbaton at YIWP, during which she delivered shiurim on “Religious Belief as Expressed through Contemporary Literature” and “A Midrashic Approach to Understanding Natural Disasters,” as well as a program exclusively for bat mitzvah girls, teens and women in a member’s home.