The Beth Din of America, among the leading Jewish religious courts in North America, will host a community outreach seminar on February 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Congregation Rinat Yisrael in Teaneck. Leading religious and legal scholars will discuss legal issues affecting the Jewish community today, including when and how to come to the court to adjudicate commercial disputes, the role of lawyers in bet din dispute resolution, and halachic prenuptial agreements. The sessions also will stream live on YUTorah.org. Free CLE credits are available to legal professionals from New Jersey, New York, California, Connecticut, Illinois, and Pennsylvania through the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education. To register for CLE credits, go to www.bethdin.org/register.
Program co-sponsors include Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, the Rabbinical Council of America, and the Orthodox Union.
Speakers include Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Yeshiva University Rosh Yeshiva and Beth Din of America Sgan Av Beth Din; Prof. Michael Avi Helfand, Pepperdine School of Law’s Associate Dean for Faculty & Research; Benyamin Kaminetzky of Teaneck, Beth Din of America president and partner at Davis Polk and Wardwell LLP; Rabbi Yona Reiss, Chicago Rabbinical Council Av Beth and Chaver of Beth Din of America; and Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann, the director of the Beth Din of America.
“Through events like these, we hope to further educate members of our community on the methods and work of the Beth Din and its role as a center for resolution of all types of disputes,” Rabbi Weissmann said. “The bet din is a place where Jews should feel comfortable to bring their cases. The Beth Din of America handles a wide array of cases, resolved by judges with impressive credentials in Jewish and secular law. They come from leading schools and law firms and with varied business experience and expertise. There is no place better designed to arbitrate and mediate issues that arise within our community than the bet din.” For more information, go to bethdin.org.