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.
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Yesterday, CWJ featured front and center at a Knesset hearing convened by MK Aliza Lavie marking Agunah Day, which falls this year on March 9th. The hearing explored the connection between agunah and mamzer issues, which are largely a product of the Rabbinate's policy to maintain a secret State blacklist of people it deems ineligible to marry other Jews.
In a special program hosted by the Mazkeret Batya Municipal Department of Torah and Culture this past Shabbat, CWJ attorney Nitzan Caspi-Shiloni enlightened and challenged audiences of almost 300 o
Remember CWJ client Yifat, who shared her storyin the Knesset in December?
CWJ reaches broader audience through facilitated social action projects.
Through perspective-altering seminars, CWJ continues to encourage future lawyers to challenge legal norms in order to create a more fair and just Israel.
Few things are more tragic than being branded a mamzer—a child born of a biblically forbidden union, such as a product of incest or a woman’s adultery. CWJ is the only legal body working to reverse and eliminate the stigma of mamzer placed on Israeli children by the rabbinate.
How is this for a catch-22? CWJ’s client, Yifat, remarried and gave birth to a son with her husband. She wants her husband, who is the child’s biological father, to be legally recognized as such.
The problem of agunot—women trapped in a religious marriage—is a tragic phenomenon in the Jewish world.
Over the past year, CWJ has come to recognize the enormous potential of social and traditional media in increasing the impact of our litigation initiatives.