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emerging scholars in israel

Yeshivat Maharat is excited to announce its second cohort of the Emerging Scholars in Israel Fellowship! The fellowship brings together post-high school young women learning in different seminaries for monthly sessions plus a Shabbaton. This program will:

  • introduce young women to Maharat learning, leadership models, and values;

  • develop a cohort-based community of like-minded students;

  • provide an opportunity for students to delve into contemporary topics relevant to learning and living in Israel

Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort will be open in the spring

"The fellowship has been incredible. I’ve left every meeting exhilarated and excited about the Jewish future. Whether it be a speaker, a tour, a conversation, the fellowship has helped me find a direction for my religious life and understanding."

- Tal Bresler, '21-'22 scholar


2022-2023 Program Coordinator

Rabbanit Michal Kohane ('20)

Now back in Israel where she grew up, Rabbanit Michal Kohane continues to be a teacher of Torah and Talmud in Israel and abroad, while completing her chaplaincy certification. Prior to that, she was a long-time leader and educator in Northern California, serving as rabbi, Federation executive director and more. Most recently she was the Rosh Kehila of the Prospect Heights Shul in Brooklyn. Rabbanit Michal holds a BA in Studies of Israel and Education, an MS in Jewish Studies, an MA in Clinical Psychology, and holds a PsyD in organizational psychology. Rabbanit Michal’s first novel, Hachug ("Extracurricular") was published in Israel by Steimatzky and she writes a weekly Torah blog.

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2022-2023 Fellows

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Eliana Menashe graduated from Northwest Yeshiva High School (NYHS) in Seattle, Washington. At NYHS, Eliana was the Agenda Chair/Student Council President, Co-Captain of the Women's Varsity Basketball Team, and actively involved with both the student run newspaper and yearbook. In the larger community, Eliana tutored at-risk youth and staffed the  youth program at her Sephardic synagogue. Eliana is proud to be both the first woman to carry the Torah at NYHS and one of the organizers and readers of NYHS’ first women's Megillah reading. One of Eliana's major life goals is to help women struggling with their body image and food and to be part of a movement to assist women in reclaiming their own narrative about what beauty and health should really look like. For her Gap Year program, Eliana is studying at Midreshet Torah V'Avodah, and then plans to continue her education at WashU. 

Emma Levy attended Hasmonean and Haberdasher’s Aske School for Girls in London where she was active in music, debating and chaired Politics Society. She is currently studying in Midreshet Lindenbaum and is enjoying exploring all the new opportunities that seminary and Israel have to offer. Emma has always been passionate about interfaith work and has coordinated several projects and she looks forward to continuing this work in Israel. Emma volunteered in the community as a Bnei Akiva Madricha, a tutor and running children services. Emma also runs a kosher food blog and enjoys collaborating with restaurants to share her passion for good kosher food with Jews globally. She is looking forward to continuing learning about religion, culture and politics next year at Leeds University studying International Relations and Spanish.

Emma Simon graduated from SAR High School, and is currently learning at Migdal Oz. She loves learning about almost anything, but especially history, philosophy, and Gemara. She is passionate about feminism and its intersection with Judaism, and can often be found pondering the ideal balance between tradition and innovation. In high school, Emma was active in her school’s drama society, in addition to writing for the school newspaper. In her free time, Emma enjoys reading and playing with her dog.

Gabby Yohananoff, an SAR High School (and Academy!) graduate, feels extremely grateful to be a woman studying Torah in Eretz Yisrael. She is currently a student at Midreshet Lindenbaum and plans on serving in Sherut Leumi next year and making aliyah. Gabby is passionate about balancing her competing values, creating inclusive spaces for women in Orthodox Judaism, and trying to extract as much meaning from life as possible. In her free time, Gabby loves listening to Jewish music, reading the newspaper, cooking vegetarian food, and spending time with family and friends.


Yakira Colish is from Long Island New York and currently attends Midreshet Amudim in Jerusalem. She is a passionate debater, torah lover, and public speaker and is enrolled in Touro University as a Honors Political Science Major. She’s committed to supporting the Jewish community both politically and spiritually and is excited to develop a strong base of Torah knowledge through Yeshivat Maharat!

Yona Tiferet Sperling-Milner (“Tiffy” to friends) is a proud graduate of SAR High School, the Bronfman Fellowship, and many more Jewishly inclined educational fora. She also studied at the following fine institutions: Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, Amit Renanim High School for Girls, Jewish Primary Day School of Washington, D.C., and more! Yona, an artistic soul, loves Crayola markers and the Fibonacci sequence and, unrelated to art, when cereal boxes include fun facts about animals. Her favorite awareness month is Cyber Security Awareness Month (October). Next year Yona will be attending Harvard University, or so they tell her.

Rina Rogers graduated from Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School in Teaneck, NJ. Rina is currently learning in Nishmat’s Israeli Midrasha program and preparing to make aliyah. In high school, Rina was editor-in-chief of the weekly Dvar Torah publication, captain of the Varsity B volleyball team, and head of the Environmental Committee. Rina strives to contribute to environments where every person can feel comfortable. She lives a life of avodat Hashem and loves harmonizing limudei kodesh with hard sciences.

Michal Berlove is from Newton, Massachusetts and graduated from Maimonides School. She is currently studying at Midreshet Amudim in Jerusalem. Michal is passionate about women having an active role in Judaism and as such has attended the Dr. Beth Samuels Drisha High School Program. In her free time, Michal enjoys baking, knitting, and spending time in nature.

Ilana Bramson grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and graduated from Classical High School. She spent the fall semester of her Senior year at Alexander Muss High School in Israel, living and learning in Hod HaSharon. She is currently learning in the Yeshiva track of the Nativ College Leadership Program. She loves to travel, teach swim lessons at her local JCC, and eat chocolate lava cakes from Trader Joe's. This year, she is looking forward to all of the culinary and cultural adventures that Israel has to offer.

Reyna Perelis is from Teaneck, NJ and recently graduated from SAR High School in Riverdale, NY. She has been a bat mitzvah and Hebrew school tutor, soccer coach and player, women’s tefillah leader, compost enthusiast, Model UN captain, and proud creator of her street’s lending library. Reyna loves hiking, exploring new places, painting, and learning about how things work. This year, Reyna is learning at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem; afterwards, she will be at Princeton University.

meet the previous cohorts



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