American Friends of Nishmat (AFN) is the US-based entity proud to support the work of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. For nearly two decades, your donations have ensured that Nishmat is able to continue educating Jewish women, empowering Jewish Leaders, and transforming Jewish communities.

Compelling Statistics

  • NISHMAT was founded in 1990 by Rabbanit Chana Henkin.
  • 250 students enroll each year.
  • Over 1,200 women are Nishmat alumnae.
  • 100 women are certified as Yoatzot Halacha (Women’s Halachic Advisors) by Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Yoatzot Halacha Program in Israel and the Yoatzot Halacha U.S. Fellows Program in New York under Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center.
  • More than 250,000 questions have been answered by Yoatzot Halacha on Nishmat’s Golda Koschitzky Halachic Hotline, 1-877-YOETZET (1-877-963-8938), on, and in Jewish communities around the world.
  • 90% of Nishmat Ethiopian Women (NEW) grads attend college or professional school.

Continuing to enhance the Jewish communal landscape, Nishmat remains the only place in the world where women are educated to become Yoatzot Halacha.  Nishmat also strives to reverse the cycle of poverty for disadvantaged Israelis of Ethiopian descent.

NISHMAT. Not just an institution, but a vision.

2015 Financial Statements

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