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The TBDJ Women’s Initiative seeks to enhance women’s engagement by providing learning opportunities, social programs and an address to support and enhance observance of Jewish law and tradition. By providing access to a Yoetzet Halacha, we hope to offer a resource for women in their observance of Taharat Hamishpacha and in all phases of their lives.

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Rifki Freundlich is the rebbetzin at Congregation TBDJ in Montreal where she has lived with her husband, Rabbi Yechezkel, and their seven children since 2016. Originally from West Orange, New Jersey, Rifki holds a BA in a Psychology from Yeshiva University. She has taught bat mitzvah girls and high school Tanach for over a decade and currently teaches Chumash and Navi at Hebrew Academy in Montreal. She has been an active member on several school boards, chaired fundraisers, was a mikvah attendant and also invested much time in Jewish women’s education and experiences. After teaching brides and guiding women of all backgrounds in taharat hamishpacha (laws of family purity) observance for almost 20 years in Atlanta and Montreal, Rifki completed the rigorous curriculum of study through Nishmat’s Miriam Glaubach Center to become a Yoetzet Halacha in 2019. She frequently gives classes for local organizations and appreciates the opportunity to learn with and get to know women from all backgrounds and parts of Montreal.

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