The Center for Women's Justice is honored and ecstatic to have been awarded the Genesis Prize! This award--known as the "Jewish Nobel Prize"--was granted to CWJ for the inroads we've made revolutionizing women's rights in marriage and divorce in Israel.
News and Updates
A little over half a year ago, CWJ attorney Nitzan Caspi Shilony presented a position paper to the Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee warning about the dangers of the controversial Nation State bill. After extensive deliberation by the Knesset, we’re relieved to see that they have stricken one of the most problematic sections of the bill!
On Monday June 4th, we made history—in the course of the life of one woman, in the course of CWJ’s achievements and in the course of the State of Israel. After trying to obtain a get (bill of religious divorce) from her husband for 23 years—for 18 of which, he has sat in prison—Tzviya Gorodetsky is a free woman.
Did you hear about how our Health Minister instructed state hospitals to inspect all visitors for hametz on Passover? In the spirit of the holiday, we ask ourselves:
What would the 4 daughters of the Passover Seder ask?
Israel wants to extend the rabbinic courts' jurisdiction globally so that non-citizens would be subject to its sanctions and rulings.
Today, the Center for Women's Justice participated in a special Knesset committee meeting entitled "Mechanisms for the Prevention of Agunot: Prenuptial Agreements."
At this meeting, convened by the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, CWJ challenged legislators, community leaders and the public to take a hard look at the agunah problem and our own role in resolving it.
Don't understand what's wrong with Israel's seemingly "progressive" new law that would grant the Israeli rabbinic courts international jurisdiction over foreigners, as long as they are Jewish?
"They feel like they are a moral authority, but they don’t take moral responsibly.” So says the Center for Women's Justice's client, who signed an agreement under duress which stipulates that if she ever goes to the police, civil courts or social services, she has to pay her husband a NIS 400,000 penalty.
The leading voices of the religious feminist movement gathered Wednesday at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem as part of Kolech's tenth biennial conference, "To Be a Jewish Woman".
Every married Jewish woman runs the risk of becoming an agunah-- a woman chained to marriage until her husband grants her a religious bill of divorce. CWJ's new "Pledge of Compassion and Dignity" can free agunot in tragic cases when the husband is medically incapacitated.