The Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
Brandeis University
Mailstop 079
Waltham MA 02454-9110

Dr. Lisa Fishbayn Joffe
Director, Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law
(781) 736-3116


About us



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The Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law (GCRL) was launched in February 2007 as part of the celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. The project is generously funded by a gift from the Dan Fischel and Sylvia Neil Philanthropic Fund.

Our Mission

The mission of the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law is to support research and activism, which explores conflicts between women's claims to gender equality and legal norms justified in terms of religious and cultural traditions. Its location in the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, a leading research center on Jewish women's studies, shapes its unique approach to exploring these issues. The project supports research on the rights of women in Jewish law, both in Israel and the Diaspora. It also supports comparative work that examines the issues of women's rights under religious laws in inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspective.

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