The mission of MAALOT is to provide Orthodox Jewish women with an in-depth, values-centered, academic experience through the study of classical and contemporary Jewish texts and through informal experiential programs.
Our students are stimulated to think critically and analytically as they prepare to take their places in today's Torah world.
The advanced Jewish educational experience at MAALOT serves as a foundation for the enhancement of Jewish life in the home and community and as a link in the perpetuation of our Mesorah.
Concurrently, for second year students, MAALOT provides a General Education experience within the Torah-oriented MAALOT framework. Primarily taught by role models of professionalism, MAALOT students can choose from courses in core subject areas including English language and composition, mathematics, the sciences and allied studies, this enables our graduates to become professionally engaged or to pursue graduate studies leading to a profession.
In 1986, the Women's Institute of Torah (WIT) emerged as a pioneer in adult Jewish education for Orthodox women in Maryland. Over the next fifteen years, the Women's Institute of Torah became a dynamic gathering point for adult Jewish education in Baltimore, attracting women to its roster of courses, lectures, seminars and conferences.
In 1998 and 1999, the Women's Institute of Torah expanded to include MAALOT, serving as a religious educational setting for graduates of Orthodox Jewish girls' high schools. With more than 60 faculty members in Judaic and secular studies, the student body is instructed by professional staff. The Judaic studies faculty includes outstanding members of Baltimore's Yeshivos and wider Jewish community. The secular faculty is drawn from the extensive academic and professional Jewish resources available in the greater Baltimore region.
The Menaheles (Academic Dean), academic coordinators, administrators, advisors, faculty and staff all lend a special quality to MAALOT through their dedication and involvement with the academic, social and spiritual development of the students.
Since its inception, MAALOT has become home to many out-of-town students, who enjoy the convenience and comfort of five dormitory apartments. The dormitory setting is central to social interactions, both for its residents and in-town students. The dormitory staff and advisors maintain a warm and nurturing environment through their care, concern and involvement with the MAALOT students.