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Ohr Chaya was established in 1989 and named after Rebbetzin Chaya Schneerson, the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s wife. Today, Ohr Chaya is the largest religious center for empowering women in the world. Hundreds of lectures are taught in four different languages: Hebrew, English, Spanish and Russian. Thousands of students participate in the ongoing activities throughout the year. Additional departments also run simultaneously: a division for young Israeli women and a department for girls who have immigrated from the former Soviet Union, Spanish  and the USA. The students enjoy full boarding  in our dormitory.

Women from a diverse range of religious and social backgrounds and of varying ages come every day to attend serious, in-depth lectures, seminars and arts and culture activities. The special seminar days that are hosted on Chanukah and in the summer are attended by women from all over the country and even outside of Israel.

Or Chaya is dedicated to giving women a first-rate experience that is highly personal, social, spiritual and cultural. In every area in which Or Chaya is active, strong emphasis is placed on quality, and no efforts or resources are spared in achieving this standard of quality

Or Chaya’s vision is to copy the format of the institute in Jerusalem to additional locations in Israel and around the world, and to transform Or Chaya into a worldwide movement to empower women the Jewish way, based on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe