GetYourGet is a nonprofit educational website, founded in partnership with the Boston Agunah Taskforce. Created by Layah Kranz Lipsker, with support from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law, the site is designed to educate and support Jewish women seeking a Get, or Jewish divorce.
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 Learnign 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.
Rachel is currently a rabbinical student at Hebrew College and a Jewish educator at Temple Hillel B'nai Torah in West Roxbury. In her first career as a legal services attorney, Rachel represented domestic violence survivors in their family law cases. Last summer, Rachel was a Scholar in Residence at the HBI where she researched the Beit Din's witnessing of female conversion candidates' immersions in the mikveh. Rachel is also a volunteer mikveh guide at Mayyim Hayyim.
Debbie Finkel is a lawyer and entrepreneur living in Newton, Massachusetts. Debbie has been active in Jewish communal organizations for over 20 years. She served as the President of Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore (Massachusetts). Debbie serves on the board and is a founding board member of Eim Chai, whose mission is to empower Jewish women across all streams of observance with Jewish Torah values and wisdom to ignite their homes with greater spirituality. Debbie has a particular interest in helping Ethiopian Jews transition to their new lives in Israel. She spent time in Gondar helping to prepare emigrates for their new lives in Israel. She worked to establish curricula designed to help young immigrant children find common ground with their new Israeli schoolmates. Debbie is currently establishing a U.S. and Israel based initiative to train Ethiopian immigrants to provide direct care services to Israel’s elderly, infirm and disabled. Debbie and her husband Robert lived in Israel for two years with their children Max, Hannah and Aliyah.
Dr. Rachel Levmore
Dr. Rachel Levmore holds a PhD in Talmudic and Jewish Law from Bar Ilan University. She is a Rabbinical Court Advocate and coordinator of the Agunah and Get-Refusal Prevention Project of the International Young Israel Movement in Israel and the Jewish Agency. Rachel is one of a team thatdeveloped a Prenuptial Agreement for the Prevention of Get-Refusal for use in Israel. She developed it further for use internationally ─ Heskem l'KavodHadadi, “The Agreement for Mutual Respect."
As an expert on the agunah problem she is the author of "Min'ee Einayikh Me'Dimah" on prenuptial agreements, published in Hebrew. As an internationally recognized leader in resolving the agunah problem and in its prevention, Rachel lectures about halakha, women in halakha and divorce in Jewish Law, in Israel and Jewish communities around the world.
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