The Women’s Institute of Torah Seminary (WITS)/MAALOT Baltimore was established in 1998 by the Women’s Institute of Torah, a pioneer in Jewish adult education for women. WITS/MAALOT was created to serve as a religious educational setting for graduates of Orthodox Jewish girls’ high schools.
WITS/MAALOT has continually grown and strengthened the educational program and degree options offered to students:
- WITS/MAALOT became part of the Maalot Educational Network, a division of Neve Yerushalayim College for Women. With this partnership, WITS/MAALOT students were able to earn regionally-accredited degrees from Thomas Edison State University and Excelsior College.
- WITS/MAALOT was approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission as a degree-granting institution.
- WITS/MAALOT entered into an exciting new partnership with Gratz College, a Middle States Commission on Higher Education -accredited institution. WITS/MAALOT students can earn a BA degree from Gratz College in addition to the degree issued by WITS/MAALOT. The internationally-recognized Gratz College degree is highly regarded in the academic community.
- WITS/MAALOT became nationally-accredited when it was approved by the Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies, a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The Menaheles (Executive Dean and Director of Judaic Studies), Academic Dean (General Studies), administrators, student advisors, faculty, and staff all lend a special quality to WITS/MAALOT through their dedication to and involvement with the academic, social and spiritual development of the students.
Over 1000 women have graduated from WITS/MAALOT and gone on to achieve success in a wide range of graduate programs and the professional world.