The Norfolk Kollel partners with UJFT’s CRC and Society of Professionals to offer Jewish-themed CLE

by | Sep 8, 2017 | What’s Happening

Tuesday, October 17, 12 pm, Simon Family JCC

As part of its mission to provide educational classes to Tidewater’s Jewish community, The Norfolk Kollel is partnereing with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Community Relations Council and Society of Professionals to provide a Jewish themed CLE (Continuing Law Education) course. The course is currently pending approval for 3 CLE credits from the Virginia State Bar.

Dr. Mark Goldfeder, a senior lecturer at Emory University Law School in Atlanta, as well as an ordained rabbi and Dayan (Rabbinic Judge) will present this CLE. Titled “Secular Law vs Halacha,” the CLE will examine and compare American Law with Halacha (Jewish Law) and will point out some aspects of Civil Law that have roots in ancient Biblical texts. The course will also discuss situations where Halacha has played a role in civil lawsuits such as cases where Jewish law was used as grounds for a divorce, or as factors in determining child support payments. With extensive education and a background in both civil and Jewish law, Goldfeder expertly weaves together fascinating concepts of these two diverse and complex systems of law.

This course will provide a snapshot of the vastness of Jewish law and the Halachic process, both in ancient times and today. This CLE will be followed up with a lecture series from The Norfolk Kollel, that will further delve into the history of the Jewish Code of Law and how it interacts with civil law. Details of that series will be forthcoming.

The cost of the CLE is $150, which includes a Kosher lunch catered by the Cardo Cafe. For more information, or to be added to Kollel’s email list, email Register online at

– Rabbi Gavriel Rudin