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Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower

Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower

Mashgichah Ruchanit & Senior Scholar

Rabbanit Devorah Zlochower serves as YCT’s Senior Scholar in her public-facing role as well as Mashgichah Ruchanit (Spiritual Guide) and teacher of Talmud and Halakha to the rabbinical students within the yeshiva.

A graduate of the first cohort of Drisha Institute’s Scholars Circle, she was among the first women to study advanced Talmud and Halakhah in a multi-year formal program. Upon graduation, Devorah taught Talmud in Drisha’s full-time programs, the first woman to teach Talmud in such a program. During her 15 years at Drisha, Devorah served as Rosh Beit Midrash and Director of the Full time Programs as well as on the Talmud and Halakhah faculty.

Devorah has also taught Talmud at SAR High School where she oversaw the beit midrash fellows, at Hadar, YCT and Yeshivat Maharat. Prior to taking on her current role at YCT, Devorah served at different times as Dean, Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel at Yeshivat Maharat. In her decades of teaching and leadership, Devorah has mentored hundreds of students who continue to turn to her for personal and religious guidance.

Devorah has written and served on dozens of panels on religious feminism and her most passionate advocacy work focuses on full membership of people with disabilities in all our communal institutions.