Sanctuary for the Abused
Monday, December 18, 2006
ADVOCACY FOR AGUNOT
What is Agunot?: A Jewish marriage is terminated by the granting of a get, a document of divorce. If the husband is unwilling or unable to give a get to the wife, the wife is an agunah (a chained woman) and may not remarry. This situation is considered one of the greatest crises in the Orthodox world today.
Things you can do personally to help agunot:
Learn all you can about agunot through articles about agunot on this web site.
Organize a discussion group in your synagogue about the agunah issue. Become a resource person. Many women suffer but are afraid to speak out, so others must speak for them.
Speak to your Rabbi, Sisterhood, Men’s Club, and other organizations you belong to about the need for Jews to stand behind agunot by ensuring that our synagogues and communal institutions do not harbor recalcitrant spouses.
Welcome an agunah and her children to your home for Shabbat, holidays and other celebrations.
Inform yourself and your young adult children about prenuptial agreements. Such agreements can deter a recalcitrant spouse from withholding a get.
As a parent, be sure your children’s high school is giving them the information they need to make thoughtful decisions before they marry.
Organize a group in your community that can be called upon to carry out sanctions against a recalcitrant husband when a seruv (contempt of court citation) has been issued. These may include picketing, denying synagogue honors and calling upon employers and members of the congregation to uphold community sanctions.
Support rabbis and batei din that are pro-active on behalf of agunot. Help an agunah in your community find a beit din that is sensitive to her situation and able to deal fairly with her in all matters related to Jewish divorce.
Ask your Rabbi to be involved: educate the community about the laws and process of gittin; counsel recalcitrant husbands to give a get; provide resources to agunot
Support the Rabbinical Council of America recommendation: make a Jewish pre-nuptial agreement a requirement for every marriage
Encourage men from all branches of Judaism, when divorcing, to give a get
AGUNAH ORGANIZATIONS & REFERRALS:
AGUNAH INTERNATIONAL, INC.
G.E.T (Getting Equitable Treatment)
GET Assistance Project (New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG))
L'MAAN B'NOS YISRAEL INTERNATIONAL
ORA (The Organization For the Resolution of Agunot, Inc.)
CANADIAN COALITION OF JEWISH WOMEN FOR THE GET
ICAR (INTERNATIONAL COALITION FOR AGUNAH RIGHTS)
For street address, contact organization
Educational WEBSITE in Hebrew: http://www.snunit.k12.il/seder/agunot
INTERNATIONAL JEWISH WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Tanya Zion, Director Education Projects
Shula Wittenster, Social Work Director
THE ORGANIZATION FOR AGUNOT AND MESARREV GET ( Israel)
WEBSITE (Under Construction): http://www.sanhedrin.co.il/kavenet/index.html
YAD L’ISHA (THE MAX MORRISON LEGAL AID SERVICE AND HOTLINE)
Yad L'isha Hotline (free call within Israel) 1-800-200-380
Telephone in Jerusalem: 02-678-0876
Telephone in Tel Aviv: 03-695-1899
AGUNAH RESEARCH UNIT (U.K.)
AGUNOT CAMPAIGN (U.K.)
AGUNOT ANONYMOUS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (U.K.)