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Sunday, January 15 • 2:50pm - 3:35pm
Mekudeshet? Alternative Models to Kiddushin

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This session will explore the ritual act of Kiddushin, the most fundamental act that takes place under the Huppah. We will explore the creation of the ritual, and the repercussions for Jewish, Israeli, and American law. We will articulate some of the difficulties surrounding kiddushin in our present moment and explore different solutions that have been posed and what innovations are currently being utilized. 

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Judy Heicklen

Judy Heicklen is a past president of JOFA.  She is a managing director at Credit Suisse and serves on the Board of Princeton University’s Hillel.  She lives in Teaneck with her three children.

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Rabba Yaffa Epstein

Director of Education, North America, The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Rabba Yaffa Epstein serves as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University. She has studied at the Pardes Kollel, the Advanced Talmud Institute at Matan and the Talmud Department of Hebrew University. Rabba Epstein has been a teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has... Read More →
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Yedidah Koren

Yedidah Koren is a PHD student in Talmud at Tel-Aviv University, currently writing her dissertation on lineage and illegitimate persons in Rabbinic literature. Her MA thesis, completed at Tel-Aviv University, dealt with the category of the "foreskinned Jew" in Rabbinic literature. Yedidah is also a junior research fellow at the Hartman Institute. She has been a faculty member of Yeshivat Hadar, the Drisha Institute and the Paideia institute... Read More →
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Rabbi Aviva Richman

Yeshivat Hadar
R. Aviva Richman is a faculty member at Yeshivat Hadar where she teaches Talmud and Halakhah and directs the winter learning seminar.  A graduate of Oberlin College, Aviva studied in the Pardes Kollel and the Drisha Scholars' Circle and received ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes in Jerusalem. Particular interests include Halakhah, gender and sexuality in Judaism and niggunim. A Wexner fellow, Aviva is currently pursuing a doctorate in... Read More →

Sunday January 15, 2017 2:50pm - 3:35pm
Room 555

Attendees (30)