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  • Australian Parliament is Urged to Amend Laws on Racism, Divorce

    The Australian Jewish community and Jewish women in particular were pleased by the legal reforms recommended to Parliament this week. One change would automatically increase the penalty for criminal actions proven to have a racist element. Another would help women obtain a get, a religious divorce. The suggested changes are contained in a 313-page “Report… More ▸

  • Citing ‘irreconcilable Differences,’ Jonathan Pollard Files for Divorce

    Jonathan Pollard, serving a life term in prison for spying on behalf of Israel, has filed divorce papers against his wife, Anne, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for ending the marriage. Anne Pollard received the papers Wednesday in her bed at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, where she is receiving treatment for a digestive… More ▸

  • New Study Finds Strong Connection Between Intermarriage and Divorce

    Marriages between American Jews and non-Jews are twice as likely to end in divorce as marriages between Jews, according to the results of a far-reaching study on intermarriage released Tuesday. Nevertheless, Jews who remarry after a divorce are about three times as likely to intermarry as Jews marrying for the first time, the study says…. More ▸

  • Nakash Extradition Ban to End

    The Jerusalem rabbinical court backed away Tuesday from its halachic ruling that the extradition of William Nakash be delayed for six months or longer out of consideration for his wife. After a lengthy session Tuesday, the court announced its ban would end on Dec. 1. The Supreme Court has already ordered Nakash’s extradition to France,… More ▸

  • Court Rejects Nakash’s Extradition Appeal; Lawyer to Seek French Help

    The Supreme Court Thursday rejected an appeal against extradition by William Nakash, an Algerian-born Jew convicted and sentenced in absentia by a French court three years ago for the murder of an Arab in Besancon, a city in northeastern France. But Nakash’s lawyer, Ronald Rot, has appealed to Premier Yitzhak Shamir not to sign the… More ▸

  • Religious Fundamentalism Denounced

    A strong denunciation of religious fundamentalism marked the opening session of the European Conference of the International Council of Jewish Women in Zurich Monday. The gathering, which drew 230 delegates from European countries, including Hungary and Leila Seigel, president of the ICJW, declared in her opening address, “We are disturbed by the progress of religious… More ▸

  • Special Interview Attorneys to Help Na’amat in Obtaining Child Support Payments for Israeli Women Fr

    Attorneys in 10 states and the District of Columbia have volunteered to assist Na’amat, the largest women’s organization in Israel, in obtaining child support payments for Israeli women from Israeli fathers now living in the United States, according to Sharon Shenhav, legal adviser to Na’amat in Jerusalem. Here on a three-week speaking tour for Na’amat… More ▸

  • Israel’s Chief Rabbis Decline to Ease Religious Divorce Laws

    Israel’s chief rabbis have politely refused to do anything to ease the religious divorce laws which often impose severe hardships on women. There is no civil divorce in Israel. The two Chief Rabbis, Avraham Shapiro, Ashkenazic, and Mordechai Eliahu, Sephardic, received a delegation representing women’s organizations today to hear their plea for change. But according… More ▸

  • Divorce Rates Up in Israel

    Divorce rates in Israel have risen to 1.3 per 1,000, resulting in a three-fold increase in single-parent families in the past decade to 12,000 — 89 percent of them headed by women. These statistics were cited by Nitza Ben-Dor, who lectures on social work at Tel Hai College, in an address to a symposium on… More ▸