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New Approaches to the Agunah Problem

Join members of the HBI Spring Scholar-in-Residence Seminar on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law for a series of informal lunchtime talks exploring New Approaches to the Agunah Problem.  A kosher lunch will be provided.

RSVP required: hbi@brandeis.edu

Seminar Schedule

Wednesdays, 12pm - 1:30pm
Lieberman-Miller Lecture Hall
Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
Epstein Building, Brandeis University
515 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454

CANCELED due to snow
January 28
Anat Livshits, New School for Social Research
"In The State's Sponsorship: Planning of Support Services in Israel for Agunot and their Families"

February 4
Haim Sperber, Western Galilee College
"Agunot in Eastern Europe & North America 1900-1914: Sources and Narratives"

February 18
Susan Weiss, Center for Women’s Justice
"Is There a Cause of Action for Divorce Under Jewish Law? An Israeli Case Study"

February 25
Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, HBI-GCRL
"Sharia, Halacha and Laws Banning Foreign Law in Western Courts"

March 4
(Fast of Esther, no lunch provided)
Aryeh Klapper, Center for Modern Torah Leadership
"She Did Not Marry Herself Off With That in Mind: Recent and Potential Uses of a Talmudic Mechanism for Resolving Agunah Situations"

March 18
Geraldine Gudefin, Brandeis University
"An Impossible Divorce? Russian Jewish Immigrants and Civil Divorce in France (1905-1930)"

March 25
Yael Machtinger, York University
"Sounds of Silence: A Socio-Legal Exploration of Siruv Get and Iggun in Toronto - Reflections on Seven Years of Research"

April 1
Benjamin Steiner, Mechon Hadar
"The Lieberman Clause Revisited"

April 15
Esther Macner, Get Jewish Divorce Justice
"Jewish Prenuptial Contracts: The Pitfalls and Promise"

April 22
Amihai Radzyner, Bar Ilan University
"Meagenet et atzma (The Wife is Making Herself an Agunah): On The Possibility of Conditioning the Get and on Halakhic Problematic Innovation"

April 29
Final Workshop presentation, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law is generously funded by a gift from the Dan Fischel and Sylvia Neil Philanthropic Fund. The Seminar on New Approaches to the Agunah Problem is also supported by gifts from Estanne Fawer and the Phyllis and Michael (z"l) Hammer Fund.