L’Ayla Women’s Learning Initiative

The OU Israel L’Ayla Women’s Learning Initiative is dedicated to inspiring Jewish women of all ages and backgrounds to grow in their Avodat Hashem. L’Ayla programming consists of a wide variety of classes, inspirational trips, seminars, Torah and Tarbut workshops, learning opportunities, and mother-daughter programs. 

L’Ayla’s ongoing activities includes:

Rosh Chodesh Seminars

The Rosh Chodesh Women’s Seminar aims to provide a burst of inspiration to English-speaking women living in Yerushalayim and beyond. Each month or theme is addressed from a halachic, hashkafic, Tanach, and personal perspective from a wide range of top speakers.


Mother & Daughter Programs

Before every holiday, mothers join their daughters aged 9-12 together for an event of learning, art, bonding and fun..

Torah and Tarbut

Torah and Tarbut programs are events that combine Torah and the arts, allowing women to use their creative expression in Avodat Hashem. Ongoing activities include:

  • The Dorot Inter-generational choir
  • Pre-holiday “Food for Thought” cooking and Torah workshops
  • Writing seminars and Torah & Art workshops.

Women’s Tiyulim

At L’Ayla, we offer periodical “women-only” trips. The goal of these trips is not only to see Israel, but to really inspire us as women. Trips include:

  • Kever Rachel on the yahrzeit of Rachel Imeinu.
  • Pre-Rosh Hashana tiyul to Kever Shmuel
  • Siyur Selichot

Bat Mitzvah Program

Join us in a mother-daughter Bat Mitzvah journey which includes:

  • Learning from the sources
  • Group discussions
  • Meeting inspiring women and hearing their stories
  • Challa baking
  • Amen party
  • Trip to Kever Rachel
  • Old City tour and More…

Mini-Midrasha Series

Offers women who are looking for a bit more of an intense learning experience. The program provides women with weekly mornings and/or bi-weekly evenings of learning including:

  • Tanach programs
  • Elul Midrasha programs
  • Taharat Hamishpacha courses
  • Winter and summer break courses

Stay tuned for the next L’Ayla Midrasha opportunity.

Timeout for Torah

Hear two-minute insights on the Parsha by a rotation of female educators.

In the Community

One of our goals at OU Israel L’Ayla is to offer Torah learning and inspiration not only at the OU Israel center itself, but to Anglo communities around Israel. Currently the program is active in four locations including:

  • Maaleh Adumim
  • Beit Shemesh
  • Efrat
  • Yad Binyamin

More locations to come…