by Naomi Danis

Pioneers in Helping Women Move On

Dissolving a Jewish marriage can be a fraught experience, not only because of the highly charged emotions involved, but also because of the particular strictures a Jewish divorce entails. Now there are women qualified to see you through the process. Rabbi Chana Thompson Shor and Rabbi Karen Reiss Medwed are the first two women ever to be certified as mesadrot gittin, official arrangers/facilitators of a religious Jewish divorce. It’s a highly specialized task, which requires counseling skills and expert knowledge of Jewish law, plus the ability to execute the very particular calligraphic requirements of a get, the Jewish bill of divorce. These two women have completed a course — offered for the first time in a generation by the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary — to train additional rabbis for this specific function.

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