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Yoetzet Halacha

Dear Friends,
I am very excited to announce that we at United Orthodox Synagogues have engaged Atara Segal to serve as Yoetzet Halacha both for our community and for the Houston Jewish community at large starting on January 1st. This decision comes after discussions with the UOS Board of Directors and Adult Education Committee.

A Yoetzet Halacha is a  woman certified after extensive training to serve as a Halachik advisor regarding taharat hamishpacha and mikvah observance. Atara is a graduate of the Yoatzot Halacha Fellows Program of Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center.  The yoetzet halacha program bears the stamp of approval of gedolei Torah (great Torah scholars and community leaders) including Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin, Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l, and Rav Nahum Rabinovitch, and is supported by numerous well-respected Rabbis in both Israel and the US.

Atara is no stranger to Houston as she lived here from 2004 to 2012. While here, Atara taught at Emery/Weiner, Beren Academy, taught a wide variety of adult education classes and chaired several school and shul committees.

Hiring a yoetzet  is a very important step in our community rejuvenation and sends a message that UOS is moving forward to build a more robust modern orthodox community.  Having a yoetzet serve our community expresses our commitment to strengthening Halachic observance through education, accessibility and sensitivity and will enhance the entire Jewish community. UOS is proud to support this opportunity for a woman to serve in a position of halachik spiritual leadership and we know that Atara will serve as an excellent role model for all members of our community.

Mazal Tov to us all!
Rabbi Barry Gelman

Atara has been involved in Jewish education for over twenty years. She holds a BA from Yeshiva University in Pre-Engineering, a Master’s in Bible from Bernard Revel Graduate School, and is a certified physics teacher. She has taught in day schools in Long Island, Houston and Los Angeles. Currently, she is the Mashgicha Ruchanit at Shalhevet High School, where she teaches Tanakh, Talmud, and Math. 
Atara has spent 4 years as the Head Lifeguard at Camp HASC, a summer program for children and adults with specialized needs. Most recently, she spent a year in Modiin, Israel, as part of her learning to become Yoetzet Halacha; the rest of her training was completed through the Miriam Glaubach Center where she was part of the initial cohort of distance learners. Both years offered different and valuable experiences in her Yoetzet Halacha training.
Atara lives in Beverlywood, Los Angeles with her husband Ari and four daughters. She is currently grappling with a partial empty nest, as her eldest, Noa, has just left to study for the year at Migdal Oz. Lehava (12), Revital (10) and Nili (7) still keep her busy at home. She keeps sane by swimming, reading and running various programs at Shalhevet.

To contact Atara, please email her at or call her at (424) 835-9074

Sat, February 22 2020 27 Shevat 5780