Susan Weiss is an attorney and Ph.D. anthropologist and sociologist. Long acknowledged as a legal gadfly and innovator, she has been actively working for more than 20 years to create legal solutions that protect Israeli women from human rights violations stemming from Israel’s entanglement of religion and state. A noted lecturer and author, Susan began this work as a private attorney defending divorcing women, intensifying her efforts as the founder and director of Yad L’Isha from 1997-2004.
She is currently the executive director of the Jerusalem-based Center for Women’s Justice (CWJ), where she initiated the innovative legal practice of suing recalcitrant Jewish husbands for civil, tort damages if they refuse to deliver a Jewish divorce (a get) to their wives. This tactic has been noted as “game-changing” by leading attorneys as well as the prestigious Ha’aretz news daily.
Susan is an editor of “The Law and its Decisor,” a journal published by Bar Ilan University Law School, and has co-authored the book, “Marriage and Divorce in the Jewish State: Israel’s Civil War.” In recognition of her work, Susan has been honored with a number of prestigious awards including the Jewel Bellush Israeli Feminist Award (2013), Israel Bar Association Women in Law Award (2009), and La’Isha magazine’s “Alternative Torch-Bearer” Award (2007).