STI will include women in Spirit program

Rachel Leah Mittleman
Rachel Leah Mittleman

Women’s learning has been added to the Southwest Torah Institute’s long-running Dr. Paul W. Hoffert Spirit Program, which returns to Tucson Sunday, July 19, through Sunday, Aug. 2.

This year’s program, entitled “Torah By Appointment,” allows participants to schedule individual and group appointments with four rabbinic students from the Rabbinical Seminary of America in Queens, N.Y., as well as with Rabbi Israel Becker of the Southwest Torah Institute and Congregation Chofetz Chayim. Rachel Leah Mittelman, an educator and counselor from Queens, will lead the Spirit women’s division.

Mittelman’s husband, past Spirit team member Steve Mittleman, is returning this year, along with three of last year’s Spirit team members: Simcha Avruch, Asher Schectman and Dovid Baum. All topics of Jewish interest, from basic to advanced, are open for discussion for both men and women.

“We are holding the program during the last two weeks of July to accommodate students who return to school at the beginning of August,” says Becker. “And by adding women’s programming we are able to expand our outreach to the entire Jewish community.”

The Spirit Program offers two weeks of free learning in individual and group sessions by appointment, with sessions available daily, except Shabbat, from 9 a.m. to noon and 8 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Study sessions run from 15 minutes to two hours.

For more information and to schedule study sessions, contact Becker at 747-7780 or admin@tucsontorah.org.