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BJ & AAJLJ: Freedom to Marry in Israel
November 4 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Presenting a Human Rights Petition on the Freedom to Marry to Israel’s High Court of Justice
The moot court program will present pathbreaking human rights petition to the Israeli High Court of Justice. The petition will assert that the Court should finally recognize freedom to marry outside the country’s Chief Rabbinate. The oral argument will debate the continued viability of the Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly over matters of personal status like marriage and divorce. The petitioners will assert that Israel’s founders never intended to create a straitjacket over such matters forever, that the modern reality of the Jewish state demand that matters of personal status like marriage no longer be exclusively controlled by an increasingly rigid religious bureaucracy. The respondents will argue that divergent approaches to personal status will fracture the unity of the Jewish people if the clear mandates of Jewish law in the sensitive arena or personal status, preserving rabbinical authority over marriage, and safeguarding the legitimacy of children are disregarded.
Following Moot Court structure, a panel of three judges, acting as judges of the High Court will preside over the argument.
Prominent lawyers and judges will participate in the trial. Complete information will be included in the formal invitation to follow.
Sponsors: Jewish Pluralism Legal Action Network (J-PLAN), American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
Israel Supreme Court