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Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker

About Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker

Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker, Esquire is the managing attorney of E. Carolyn Hochstadter Dicker LLC, a certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise that focuses on business and employment law, restructuring and bankruptcy. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department. Ms. Hochstadter is a graduate of Barnard College and Michlala Jerusalem College For Women. She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and earned a Master of Arts degree in Arabic Language and Literature from Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Carolyn is on the Executive Boards of Kohelet Yeshiva High School of Merion, PA and the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society.

Throwing a Party for Prenups

After 28 years of marriage (BH!) Adam Dicker and I signed a post-nuptial agreement this past Saturday night at the home of our friends. My daughter and her husband, whose joint aufruf I wrote about in September, signed a similar prenuptial agreement before their wedding this past August.

Carolyn and Adam Dicker sign a halakhic "post-nup" agreement

Carolyn and Adam Dicker sign a halakhic “post-nuptial” agreement

The Post-Nup celebration was attended by approximately ten couples, and one couple who had signed a prenup also came for support. The purpose of this signing ceremony was to raise awareness of the agunah issue and, of course, to protect all those women who signed.

This past June, JOFA founder Blu Greenberg convened the Agunah Summit in New York City to implement halachic solutions to the Agunah crisis. Rabbinic authorities have followed up with increased support for existing solutions, as well as for new and creative follow-up strategies. Recent articles about agunot have appeared in the press, and there are many thousands more agunot who we do not know about. Tamar Epstein, an agunah who grew up in our suburban Philadelphia community and is currently living here, is a constant reminder that this is an unacceptable phenomenon within the Jewish community.

Let’s all band together in support of those seeking to implement halachic solutions to both prevent the agunah situation and to free those for whom it is too late to sign any pre- or post-nuptial agreements!

Blu Greenberg will be speaking about the agunah issue at the 8th International JOFA Conference on December 7 and 8 at John Jay College. Register today!

Posted on November 25, 2013

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