Our History

1998

  • The Women’s Institute of Torah Seminary & College (WITS) was established in 1998 by the Women’s Institute of Torah, a pioneer in Jewish adult education for women. WITS was created to serve as a religious educational setting for graduates of Orthodox Jewish girls’ high schools.

  • A partnership was created with the Maalot Educational Network that allowed WITS students to earn regionally accredited degrees from Thomas Edison State University and Excelsior College. WITS became knows as WITS/Maalot Baltimore.

2005

  • The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) approved WITS as a degree-granting institution. Two degree programs received MHEC approval.

 

2006

  • The first degrees were awarded by WITS to a graduating class of 20 students.

 

2007

  • The Snyderman-Klein Library was established through an initial grant from the Jewish Enhancement Education Program.

 

2009

  • WITS received initial accreditation for five years from the Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies, which is a national accreditation agency approved by the US Department of Education.

2012

 

  • WITS expanded and modernized the school facility within the Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Synagogue. The additional space accommodated a larger student body and provided a more sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing learning environment.

2014

  • WITS received re-accreditation for five years from the Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies.

 

2015

  • WITS entered into partnership with Gratz College. The partnership allowed students to earn a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, in addition to earning a degree issued by WITS.

2018

  • WITS/Maalot Baltimore was renamed WITS/מכון אור יהודית to honor the memory of Mrs. Yehudis (Julie) Spetner, a”h, a lifelong educator of women, and the mother of its founders and long-time board members Mr. Shlomo and Mrs. Mindy Spetner.
     

2019

  • WITS received reaccreditation for 10 years from the Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies.

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