GetYourGet is the nonprofit educational website of the Boston Agunah Taskforce. Created by Layah Kranz Lipsker and Dr. Rochel Levmore, the site is designed to educate and support men and women seeking a Get, or Jewish divorce.
The Boston Agunah Taskforce is a project of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute and funded by a generous grant from the Miriam Fund.
Layah Kranz Lipsker
Layah Kranz Lipsker is the director of the Boston Agunah Taskforce and creator of getyourget.com. A seasoned Jewish educator and mother of six, Layah is interested in the ways in which religious observance impacts the lives of women. Her journey as a Hassidic feminist led her to her current position as a Research Associate for the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. Layah teaches for Hebrew College's Learning Circles and serves as scholar in residence for Chevra Ahavas Yisroel. Lipsker splits her time between Swampscott, MA and Brooklyn, NY.
Getyourget.com was the brainchild of her father, Rabbi Yankel Kranz, of blessed memory, a physical and spiritual giant, who once spoke to her of his desire to educate women about the get process. Lipsker remembers that long before the Internet, her father said that he wanted to create a “Bumper sticker campaign that he would call "GetYourGet.”
Rabbi Aryeh (Robert) Klapper
Rabbi Aryeh (Robert) Klapper is the founder and dean of the Center for Modern Torah Leadership, a member of the Boston Beit Din, and experienced in areas of divorce and conversion. He previously served as Orthodox Adviser and Associate Director for Education at Harvard Hillel, as Talmud Curriculum Chair at Maimonides High School, and as instructor of Rabbinic Literature and Bioethics at Gann Academy. He is founder of Midreshet Avigayl, a high level Talmud program for teenage girls. Rabbi Klapper has published in Tradition, Meorot, Dinei Yisrael, Beit Yitzchak and other journals and has presented at numerous academic and community conferences. He is a popular lecturer who is consulted internationally on issues of Jewish law and whose work is cited regularly by both academic and traditional scholars. Rabbi Klapper attended the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) Kollel L'Horaah and was ordained March 1994. He received a M.A. in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and a B.A. in political science from Yeshiva College.
Lisa Fishbayn Joffe
Lisa Fishbayn Joffe is Shulamit Reinharz Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University and directs the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law. The mission of the GCRL Project is to produce scholarship that explores the tension between women’s equality claims and religious laws. Dr. Fishbayn Joffe‘s publications include Gender, Religion and Family Law: Theorizing Conflicts Between Women’s Rights and Cultural Traditions(with Sylvia Neil, (2012); The Polygamy Question (with Janet Bennion (2015); Women’s Rights and Religious Law (with Fareda Banda (2016) and a special issue of Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's and Gender Studies on New Historical and Legal Perspectives on Jewish Divorce, Volume 31, 2017). She is editor, with Sylvia Neil, of the Brandeis University Press Series on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law. She received her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and LL.M. and S.J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Shanna T. Giora-Gorfajn
Shanna is an associate at The Wagner Law Group P.C., where her practice focuses on family law and estate planning. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association. Before entering private practice, Ms. Giora-Gorfajn served for two years as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Cornell University.
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