Bracha Jaffe joined Yeshivat Maharat in 2013 as a full-time student following a long career in Israeli hi-tech. She discovered her love for teaching while giving seminars and training workshops and through teaching leyning and shiurim in the Jewish world.
Bracha delights in learning with people of all ages, when dressing in costume for Bat Mitzvah programs, leading discussion groups with empty nesters, facilitating ‘Wise Aging’ programs or simply teaching Torah and inspiring others to learn. Bracha loves listening to people’s stories; she is a dynamic and thoughtful educator. Her love of tefilla and ritual led her to be an experienced gaba’it and organizer in women’s tefilla groups and partnership minyanim. She is the voice of the JOFA Megilat Esther App, enabling anyone to learn the megilla leyning.
Completing a full CPE unit and serving as a chaplain at New York Presbyterian Hospital has added greatly to her pastoral skills. Bracha wears many hats: teacher, spiritual leader, life coach, friend. She is always looking for opportunities to empower people; helping them create change within themselves, thus bringing more joy and fulfillment into their lives.
Bracha interned at UOS (United Orthodox Synagogue) in Houston, Texas and at HIR (Hebrew Institute of Riverdale) in New York. Working in a synagogue setting allows her soul to soar and her voice to teach. She is currently teaching at a maximum security women's prison and facilitating a Wise Aging group in a community setting.
For Bracha, joining Yeshivat Maharat was a natural next step towards becoming an Orthodox Jewish spiritual leader, both in the US and back home in Israel.