This year’s topic was “The Chaos in family law in Israel”. Our conference is known to be the conference to attend for any serious legal professional in the field.
The Twelve Annual Conference on Women, Family and Law in Israel
The Twelve Annual Conference was a success and addressed over 300 people. The feedback has been so positive and appreciative. This year’s topic was “The rumors of my death were premature” – has the Race to Jurisdiction really disappeared?. Our conference is known to be the conference to attend for any serious legal professional in the field.
The Eleventh Annual Conference on Women, Family and Law in Israel
The Eleventh Annual Conference was a great success, addressing over 500 people. This year‘s conference dealt with the topic of how to divide a families’ property. There were highly acclaimed speakers including: Judge Yocheved Grunfeld, Judge Yishayahu Shinler, Rabbi Yitzchak Rapapport, Professor Tzila Dagan and Professor Shahar Lifshits. Our conference is known to be the conference to attend for any serious legal professional in the field.
The Tenth Annual Conference of Women, Family and Law in Israel
The Tenth Annual conference was a great success, addressing over 450 people. The topic of the conference was tort claims and a new vision for the family courts. Highly respected speakers participate, including: Judge Shifra Glick, Judge Assaf Zagury, Judge Tamar Snonit Forer, Dr. Benjamin Shmueli, and attorney Robert Licht – Pattern.
The Ninth Annual Conference of Women, Family and Law in Israel
The Ninth Annual Conference was a success and addressed over 400 people. The conference was divided in to two: in the morning there was a conference for Social Workers in the Ministry of Social Affairs and in collaboration with the Ministry for Social Affairs. Professor Yaakov Ne‘eman addressed the audience. The topic of the first part was custody of children – research and reality.
The second conference was held for lawyers. The conference discussed all of the various committees that have been established in The Ministry of Law regarding topics in Family Law.
The Annual Halachic Conference In memory of Rabbi Rackman Z‟L
God Understandeth the Way Thereof, and He Knoweth the Place Thereof
On June 17th 2015, we held our annual Halachic Conference in memory of Rabbi Rackman z”l. This year’s topic was “God understandeth the way thereof, and He knoweth the place thereof” (The Book of Job 28:23) as a follow up to Malka Pewterovsky’s newly published book “Going Along Her Way – Life Challenges From a Halachic Viewpoint”
The conference opened with a panel discussion on the topic of the development of the Halacha today and the kind of progress the Halacha will make in the foreseeable future. The second part included a dialogue on the subject of current Halachic-ethical challenges.
The Necessity of the Property Component in Halachic Marriage
The conference, which took place on June 12, 2013, discussed the necessity of the property component in Halachic marriage.
In the first session of the conference, the lecturers discussed the following issues:
Is the property component a desirable element in establishing a Jewish home in the first place?
Is there a substantial connection between the property part of the kiddushin to the “sanctity of Israel”?
Or is there a significant contrast between the property kiddushin and the “brotherhood and friendship” part of the marriage?
During the second session of the conference, the lecturers discussed the following topics:
Could there be an halachic marriage without the property component? If so, how can this be done while preserving as much of the common marriage ceremony as possible?
Conditional Marriage and Prenuptial Agreements
The conference was informative and focused on the topic of a conditional marriage and prenuptial agreements.
The keynote speaker was Rabbi professor Michael Broyde, who is a renowned Rabbinical judge in America, a professor of law at Emory University in Atlanta and the academic director of its law and religion Program. He spoke to legal professionals, academics and lecturers and presented his prenuptial agreement. His agreement provides that if a married couple lives apart for more than 15 consecutive months, their marriage is annulled without the need for a husband to give a get or the mutual agreement of the partners, both of which are required by Jewish Law. While he doesn’t advocate the use of this, as he thinks the prenuptial agreement endorsed by the Beth Din in America is sufficient, he discussed his reasoning, research and background to this agreement.
Our research shows that in 12.5% of cases, more than four years elapsed before a get was granted, and in 28.4% it took at least two years. If prenuptial agreements were accepted and signed like a Ketubah, women would not be agunot- “chained to their marriage”. Prenuptial agreements are one solution to the aguna problem and therefore it is high on our agenda.