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Third International Agunah Summit—Divorce Settlement Abuse and Extortion in Jewish Law

Thursday, June 21, 2018Friday, June 22, 2018
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
McNally Amphitheatre
140 W. 62nd St.
New York, NY 10023
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Join us for the third International Agunah Summit—Divorce Settlement Abuse and Extortion in Jewish Law.

As any family law litigator can attest, divorces can be extremely contentious. But when the marriage was created via an Orthodox Jewish wedding, the conflict is magnified to its highest level. That is because Jewish law requires that an Orthodox Jewish wedding be terminated not only by civil law, but also by a Jewish divorce, called a Get. Without a Get, the parties are not considered divorced—and the consequences, especially for a woman, are life-altering.

Following the first Agunah Summit, which highlighted the legal-religious solutions to this problem, and the second Agunah Summit, which dealt with various institutional aspects, this third Agunah Summit will explore the dynamics created by the implementation of Jewish religious divorce laws in the fields of sociology, economics, law, and ethics, and address the broad influence of these dynamics not only on the Get-refused Agunah but on the divorce settlements of all Jewish women whose marriages are terminated under religious law.

This event is sponsored by Fordham Law School’s Institute On Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work, the faculty of law at New York University, and the Center for Jewish and Democratic Law at Bar Ilan University.


This event is open to alumni, faculty/staff, students, and the public.