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Sunday, March 19 • 17:00 - 17:45
The Frummiest Common Denominator: Hearing Canadian Stories of Jewish Divorce

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What do we really know about Jewish divorce in Canada?  If you are on facebook, or read Israeli newspapers, or read the Canadian Jewish news, you’ll notice that the phenomenon of divorce is often described as a crisis.  We hear of women suffering for years without the ability to remarry, of men who extort more favourable terms for custody and support.  There are reports of men being beaten to force them to give religious divorces to chained women.  We see images of protesters publicly shaming such men.  But to really understand what is happening in Canada, we need to hear all of the stories, the stories where the system is working and not working, the stories where ties to community and Jewish identity are strained or strengthened,  the stories from the Orthodox world to the liberal and secular world, the stories that come when we listen to women and men, adult children and activists, rabbis and poskim.  Two professors share unexpected tales of Jewish divorce and Agunot from rabbis, men, women, and adult children. 

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Deidre Butler

Director, Carleton University, Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies
Dr. Deidre Butler is Director of the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Studies specialist in the Religion program at Carleton University. She researches and teaches at the intersections of religion, gender, sexuality, and Jewish thought as well as Limmud Ottawa’s fearless academic advisor.
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Betina Appel Kuzmarov

Professor Betina Appel Kuzmarov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies and Associate Dean Student Success in the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University. She has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since her call to the Bar in 2002 and has been a Visiting Scholar at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, and a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Common Law, University of... Read More →

Sunday March 19, 2017 17:00 - 17:45
S7 27th Floor

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