"Gett: The Trial of Viviane Asalem" & A Conversation on Marriage, Divorce, and Other Trials Faced By Women in Israel

Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016
Time: 3pm- Film Screening

          5:30pm- Presentation and Discussion
Location: The Jewish Film Institute, 145-9th Street, San Francisco

Description: In Israel, rites of passage - including conversion, marriage, and divorce- are the sole domain of the Orthodox Rabbinate. The Orthodox rabbinical courts are the only bodies in Israel with the power to settle a divorce. Part of that process involves a gett (the document that releases a wife from marriage). In order to obtain a gett and finalize a divorce, some Jewish women have been compelled to give up parental rights or pay large sums of money.

Join us for a screening of the celebrated film Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, which tells the story of one woman's pursuit of a gett, followed by a presentation and conversation with the New Israel Fund's May Pundak, Israeli civil rights attorney and activist.

We will learn about the state of marriage and divorce in Israel, as well as a new campaign by NIF's New Generations (young adult group) calling on Israel to enact legislation guaranteeing marriage equality in Israel.

This event is sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women and New Israel Fund, in partnership with Congregation Emanu-El, Congregation Rodef Sholom, the Jewish Film Institute, Sherith Israel, and The Kitchen.