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Sunday, December 8 • 11:45am - 12:40pm
State of Marriage: Marriage and the State

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Sponsored by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

The state of marriage in the Orthodox tradition poses a variety of challenges for feminists. Panelists will explore two of these challenges, their impact on the general population and proposed solutions. Susan Weiss will focus on the current state of marriage laws in Israel and the Israeli religious courts' monopoly on conducting and terminating marriages. Dr. Melanie Landau will focus on the unequal nature of kiddushin (betrothal) and the legal and social consequences for women.



Moderators
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Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin

Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin is the Dean of Students and Lecturer -in-Law at Columbia Law School.  Prior to her appointment at Columbia, she was an attorney in the Corporate and Securities and Financial Institutions groups at Arnold & Porter, LLP.  She received both her B.A. and her J.D. from Columbia. She was a Bruria Scholar at Midreshet Lindenbaum and a Torat Miriam fellow. She has written and lectured extensively on a range of... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Melanie Landau

Dr. Melanie Landau is currently living in Jerusalem, learning at Pardes Advanced Kollel, is in Yeshivat Maharat Class of 2015, and works for Encounter as Director of Davar Acher: Leadership Program.  Born in Melbourne, Australia Melanie was a lecturer in Jewish Studies at Monash University for 8 years where she also co-founded Darsheini- Community Learning Program. She is the author of “Tradition and Equality in Jewish Marriage: Beyond the... Read More →
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Susan Weiss

Susan Weiss, Esq. has been actively working to find solutions for the problems of Jewish women and divorce for over 20 years, first as a private attorney, then as the founder and director of Yad L'Isha from 1997-2004, and now as the founder and executive director of the Center for Women's Justice (CWJ). She is also an editor of “The Law and its Decisor” (a quarterly journal published by Bar Ilan University Law School) and has written... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2013 11:45am - 12:40pm
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