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.
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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.
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