Get Refusal & Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community: Culturally-Competent Services from Civil and Halachic Perspectives (CARLIG and JLLC)

Monday, February 28, 2022 (11am - 12pm US/Central)

This program, jointly organized by Customary and Religious Law Interest Group (CARLIG) and Jewish Law Librarians Caucus (JLLC), shall take place early in the spring 2022 semester. We are excited to introduce two guest speakers from prominent female-led Jewish nonprofits: Shana Weiner, Esq. from Dinah, based in Philadelphia, PA, and Keshet Starr, Esq. from Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA) in New York City, NY. The speakers will talk about domestic violence in the Jewish community, from both civil law and religious law perspectives. They will also discuss the crisis of get refusal, which has unfortunately been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, they will touch upon how they go about conducting legal research in this niche and complex area of the law.

The program, including the Q&A portion, shall be recorded via Zoom, and distributed by email to all registrants, along with any slides and/or handouts. In addition, the recording and any slides and/or handouts shall be posted on the AALL website, as was the case for our successful virtual program in fall 2021, which also featured a guest speaker (Brody Stephen Hale, Esq. on "Canon Law 101").

This program is made possible by a grant from the AALL Continuing Education Grants Program and Bloomberg Law.

This webinar is open to all AALL members. Register now.


1.) The attendees shall learn about some basics on how to research halachic (Judaic) law with regard to the topic of intimate partner violence, divorce, and the get. In a nutshell, get is the term for a bill of divorce that only the husband can grant to his wife, not vice versa. Even if a judgment of civil divorce has been finalized in Family Court, the wife must obtain a get from her husband in order to effectuate the religious divorce. If this is withheld by the husband, the wife cannot religiously remarry, is labeled an agunah ("chained woman"), and faces community stigma.

2.) The attendees shall learn how halachic law intersects with its civil counterpart in the specific area of family law and domestic violence.

3.) The attendees shall learn about the amazing work of two non-profit organizations that are advocating on behalf of agunot, or Jewish women who are stuck in a spiritual marriage as determined by halakha (Jewish law).