Rabbi Avital Hochstein is President of Hadar in Israel. Avital is the former rosh kollel at the Pardes Institute. A research fellow at Mechon Shalom Hartman, she has taught Talmud for several years at both institutions and was rosh beit midrash at the new Hartman High School for Girls. Avital is a graduate of Hebrew University with a BA in Talmud, and is pursuing her doctorate at Bar Ilan University. She is the co-author of The Place of Women in Midrash (Yedioth Ahronoth 2008). Avital is also a founder of Kehilat Shirah Hadashah in Jerusalem.