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.
718-434-6246
Email: Saranoff7@aol.com
effreilich@aol.com
http://www.agunahinternational.com

G.E.T (Getting Equitable Treatment)
718-677-1033
Email: stanley.goodman@verizon.net

GET Assistance Project (New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG))
212-750-0800 x613
Email: info@nylag.org
kssuser@nylag.org
http://www.nylag.org

KAYAMA
1-800-932-8589
Email: info@kayama.org
http://www.kayama.org

L'MAAN B'NOS YISRAEL INTERNATIONAL
718-338-0833
http://www.agunot.com/LmaanBnosYisrael.html

ORA (The Organization For the Resolution of Agunot, Inc.)
646-797-4551
Email: info@getora.com
http://www.getora.com.

ORTHODOX CAUCUS
516-569-5977
Email: info@ocweb.org
http://ocweb.org

CANADIAN COALITION OF JEWISH WOMEN FOR THE GET
Montreal, Canada
Email: nojo@vax2.concordia.ca
Toronto, Canada
Email: brk@allstream.net

ICAR (INTERNATIONAL COALITION FOR AGUNAH RIGHTS)
Jerusalem Israel
For street address, contact organization
Tel. 02-6721401
Email: icar@barak.net.il
Educational WEBSITE in Hebrew: http://www.snunit.k12.il/seder/agunot

INTERNATIONAL JEWISH WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Jerusalem Israel
E-mail: sshenhav@internet-zahav.net
http://www.jcpa.org/jcprg3.htm

MAVOI SATUM
Jerusalem Israel
Tanya Zion, Director Education Projects
Email: rachel@mavoisatum.org
Shula Wittenster, Social Work Director
Email: Shula@mavoisatum.org
Telephone: 02-671-2286
Email: Office@mavoisatum.org
http://www.mavoisatum.org

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)
Jerusalem Israel
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
E-mail: yad.lisha@ohrtorahstone.org.il
legalaid@ohrtorahstone.org.il
http://www.legalaid.org.il

AGUNAH RESEARCH UNIT (U.K.)
E-mail: Bernard.Jackson@man.ac.uk
http://www.mucjs.org/agunahunit.htm

AGUNOT CAMPAIGN (U.K.)
agunot@msn.com
sandra@duvt.com
http://agunot-campaign.org.uk

AGUNOT ANONYMOUS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (U.K.)
Telephone: 020-8202-5551
020-8202-5552
http://www.agunot-campaign.org.uk/support.htm
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