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March 23, 1998


The newly formed Lawyers & Judges Division of EMUNAH of America will convene its inaugural meeting on Thursday evening, March 26th, 6:30 PM at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, at 919 Third Avenue, in Manhattan. The meeting will feature a dialogue between two distinguished members of the bar, the Honorable Justice Myriam J. Altman, Justice, Appellate Division, Second Department and Phyllis G. Korff, Esq. Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and honorary chair of the Division. Esther Macner, Esq., Director of the Division will serve as moderator. The topic of the evening is entitled, "Conflict or Confluence: The Orthodox Jewish Woman in the Legal Profession."

Admission to the March 26th event is $18.00 by pre-registration only, and includes a complimentary one year membership to EMUNAH. A glatt kosher and parve buffet dinner will be served. For further information and to make your reservation, please call EMUNAH at 212-564-9045. Suggestions as to future topics may be sent via e-mail to

The Lawyers & Judges Division of EMUNAH of America seeks to to educate, explore and engage our professional communities, both in the U.S. and in Israel, concerning social and policy issues, which observant Jewish women in the legal profession, are uniquely suited to address. The need for ongoing exchange and colloquy among attorneys who are engaged in the process of shaping legislation and social policy, directly or indirectly, and who are women committed to Jewish Law and practice, is vital. The number of women who define themselves within these categories has grown by leaps and bounds and will continue to increase in the future. Some of the issues to be addressed at upcoming events will include:

  • Tensions between career and family.
  • Jewish Law and practice as a resource and influence in our daily work.
  • Childcare legislation: a womens issue or a childrens issue?
  • Religious observance and employment discrimination.
  • Agunah and divorce.
  • Domestic violence in the Jewish community.
  • Feminist legal theory.
  • Our self image: home, synagogue, courtroom, office.
  • Legacy to our daughters and sons.

EMUNAH of America is part of an international confederation of religious Zionist volunteers who support and maintain 225 social welfare and educational facilities throughout Israel that reach out to the country's indigent and immigrant population.

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