Announcements #139: Conference on Agunah Crisis

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Conference on the Agunah Crisis

The Beth Din of America in conjunction with Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future present

Conference on the Agunah Crisis
Understanding the Problems and Their Solutions

Sunday, February 14th • 9:30am – 12:30pm
Yeshiva University’s Uptown Wilf Campus • 500 West 185th St., New York, NY

Open to Men and Women • No Registration Required • Complimentary Parking and Refreshments

  • 9:30am – Understanding the Contemporary Agunah Problem and a Review of Solutions
    Rabbi Yona Reiss • Introduction by Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann
  • 10:00 am – The RCA/BDA PrenuptialAgreement
    The Practical Issues – Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann
    A Halachic Analysis – Rabbi Mordechai Willig
  • 10:45am – Why has the Agunah Problem not been Solved Yet: Simple Solutions That Are Halachically Problematic Rabbi Michael Broyde
  • 11: 15am – 1) Does Communal Pressure Work to Resolve Agunah Cases? Panel discussion with Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin, Josh Ross and Rabbi Kenneth Auman • Moderated by Naomi Maryles, Esq.
    2) Halachic Methods for Terminating a Marriage in Cases of Recalcitrance Rabbi Michoel Zylberman
  • 12:00pm – What Next? Open Question Session Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rabbi Michael Broyde, Rabbi Yona Reiss and Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann • Moderated by Rabbi Dani Rapp

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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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