Orthodox Women's Leadership Cohort

Mazel Tov Orthodox Women's Leadership Cohort 2023-24

The Orthodox Women's Leadership Cohort is a ten-month program designed to support, engage, and grow the leadership of Orthodox women in Jewish day schools and yeshivas.

A highly responsive leadership development program, Orthodox Women's Leadership Cohort provides a meaningful, cohort-based experience for Orthodox women who are navigating the complexities of their professional and personal roles. 

Rising Leaders 2023-2024


Target Audience

Orthodox Women's Leadership Cohort is for Orthodox women currently serving as an educational leader in a supervisory role who are rising leaders in the field of Jewish education. The ideal candidate may hold a wide range of job titles (not including head of school), including, but not restricted to:

  • Principals and assistant principals
  • Judaic directors and assistant directors
  • Directors of teaching and learning, student life, innovation, special education
  • Department chairs
  • School counselors and psychologists
  • Curriculum coordinators
  • Grade deans

The program aims to enroll twenty Orthodox women in the 2023-2024 cohort.


Beginning in August 2023 and ending in June 2024, participants are required to attend two monthly one hour virtual sessions over the course of 10 months.

There will be a one day in-person gathering to be held on December 4, 2023. Location for the in-person gathering will be decided upon based on the geographic composition of the cohort.


The first session each month is designed for the full cohort and covers topics including barriers and opportunities for Orthodox women in leadership, identifying personal strengths and professional trajectories, navigating difficult conversations, leading with empathy and strength, running productive meetings, the power of talent tapping, and more. The second monthly session is designed for smaller groups, with a focus on practical support from colleagues with similar professional experiences. 

Beyond these sessions, participants join our closed Reshet (an online peer to peer professional development community) where we share ideas, ask questions, and collaborate.

Additionally, we offer individual consulting sessions for each program participant.


The Orthodox Women's Leadership Cohort is led by Mrs. Debra Shaffer Seeman and Dr. Oshra Cohen. For additional questions, you are welcome to contact Debra Shaffer Seeman at [email protected].


Applications open February 2023
Interviews March - May 2023
Acceptance notifications sent June 2023
Program begins August 2023

Applications for Orthodox Women's Leadership Cohort 2023 - 2024 are closed at this time. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Debra Shaffer Seeman, Director of Network Weaving.

Registration Fees

Prizmah Network schools $960 per person
Non-network schools $1,200 per person
Canadian Prizmah Network schools $750 US per person
Canadian non-network schools $937.50 US per person

Payment is due upon acceptance into the program. It is important to us that every woman who is accepted to participate be able to participate fully. Please reach out for tuition assistance as needed. Tuition is generally covered by the participant’s school.

Please note that program participants are responsible for assuming the cost of travel and lodging for the one-day gathering.

Orthodox Women's Leadership Cohort is generously supported by
  • Kolatch Family Foundation
  • Shari and Nathan J. Lindenbaum
  • Micah Philanthropies
  • Walder Foundation