Course Overview:

The gates of the “Women’s Va’ad” are open to our community! This course is under minor revision Fall 2023 but will soon be offered in three parts; an additional 6 lessons are being opened to the public Winter 2024, previously available by invitation only.

The Women’s Va’ad is based on the teachings of Rebbetzin Dina Schoonmaker of Jerusalem. Facilitated by Rabbi Judith Edelstein and featuring the recorded teachings of Rebbetzin Dina Schoonmaker, you will engage in self-study, va'ad meetings, paired chevruta study, and personal practice. To help guide you through the Rebbetzin’s teachings is a Source Sheet of references in the order she quotes them. These sources are also to be used to create an affirmation phrase for chanting. Each of the Rebbetzin’s lessons ends with a monthly practice (kabbalah), which becomes your focus for the month. Prepare to discuss this practice both with your chevruta partner and with your va’ad mates.


Introducing our three pricing options, please select the one you are most comfortable with. If you are able to register at a higher tier, you can help subsidize course registration for those with greater financial need. All course fees are 100% tax deductible.

Tier 1 - $330 per part
Tier 2 - $282 per part
Tier 3 - $198 per part

Chaverim members enjoy a 15% discount off of course pricing. Members, please select the Chaverim rate of your choice on your registration form, membership will be verified before your enrollment is secured for the course.

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Course Author:

Rabbi Judith Edelstein, facilitator of the va'ad, is a post-denominational teacher, spiritual leader, counselor, and writer who has worked in synagogues, long-term care facilities, and Jewish organizations. She said, “The practice of highlighting different middot enabled me to see my own areas of strength in addition to characteristics that required constant vigilance. This focus created an opportunity for me to be conscious of traits that needed only fine-tuning and those that demanded much more.

Rebbetzin Dina Schoonmaker is a teacher, popular lecturer, and relationship counselor. A staff member of Michlalah Jerusalem College for over 20 years, Dina teaches numerous courses and runs a counseling hotline for alumni where she deals with issues such as dating and marital harmony. In addition, Dina lectures extensively throughout the seminary circuit on topics of Mussar and personal development through the eyes of the Torah. More recently, Dina began a series of live Mussar va’adim for women throughout Israel. In response to many requests to offer her va’ad internationally, she decided to launch a va’ad by teleconference so that anyone, anywhere, has the opportunity to participate at their convenience. Since TMI’s first Israel trip, Dina has led The Mussar Institute’s Israel Women’s va’ad over a two-year period.