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    An Orthodox feminist group is launching an advertising campaign on behalf of agunot, whose husbands refuse to give them a get, or Jewish bill of divorce. The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance campaign, which includes a petition with nearly 2,000 signatures calling for rabbis and the Orthodox community to end the plight of agunot, is timed… More ▸

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    Maryland lawmakers will hold committee hearings Thursday on a bill making civil divorce contingent on the petitioners’ fulfillment of religious divorce requirements. The legislation is modeled on a New York State law aimed at addressing the plight of agunot. More ▸

  • Focus on Issues Feminist Group Marks Progress,

    With strident calls for action and threats of “taking to the streets” if the issue is not soon resolved, participants in the 10th anniversary conference of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance ratcheted up the rhetoric around the plight of agunot, “chained women” whose husbands refuse to grant them a religious bill of divorce. “Let this… More ▸

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    a.. An Israeli bill was introduced to reduce the number of agunot, or women chained to their marriages because the husband refuses to grant a Jewish divorce. The Jerusalem Post reported that the bill, presented to the Knesset Monday, would separate the deadline for settling monetary issues from the deadline for giving a Jewish divorce,… More ▸

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    Jewish women whose husbands refused them a divorce gathered to tell their stories in Jerusalem. The testimonies, given at a Tuesday gathering, were originally scheduled to coincide with a major rabbinical conference on the subject of agunot in Jerusalem. But when the conference was canceled, due to pressure from within the fervently Orthodox world, the… More ▸

  • Women’s Rights Leaders Outraged As Conference on Agunot Canceled

    Jewish women’s rights leaders are reeling after Israel’s Sephardi chief rabbi canceled a conference of prominent rabbis that was to deal with the issue of women whose husbands refuse to give them divorce papers. An agunah, which literally means a “chained” woman, is one whose husband refuses to give her a get, a document she… More ▸

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    Israel’s Sephardi chief rabbi seemed set to cancel a conference on agunot, or women who can not obtain Jewish divorce papers from their husbands. Less than a week before the conference of renowned rabbis and heads of Jewish courts from across the world was set to convene in Jerusalem, a fax was sent to the… More ▸

  • An Appreciation ‘universal Woman, Particular Jew,’ Betty Friedan Inspired Jewish Feminism

    She was, like most ordinary mortals, a mass of contradictions. Betty Friedan was loud and sometimes imperious, yet she could be charming, funny, gentle, kind and winsome. A public persona, at times her ego needed massaging, but she remained surprisingly unassuming and unpretentious. Though she exuded self-confidence, her vulnerabilities were right out there for all… More ▸

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    The National Council for Jewish Women called on the Israeli government to allow civil marriage and divorce. As part of the Fourth International Agunot Day, the organization is seeking a resolution for agunot, women who are unable to remarry because their husbands refuse to grant them divorces. More ▸