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".
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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
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.