presents the compelling “From Crisis to Challenge: The Contemporary Agunah Experience” on Sunday at 9:15 a.m.
The conference and film will address the plight of agunot, discuss halachik and legal issues pertaining to Jewish marriage and divorce, and explore options to ease and prevent the plight of women victimized by recalcitrant husbands.
The day will begin with a viewing of Women Unchained, a 60-minute film documenting the experiences of modern-day “agunot,” women whose husbands refuse to grant them a Jewish divorce.
Rabbi Jeremy Stern, director of the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA), and Rabbi Elie Weissman and Divorce Attorney Louis Sroka, Esq., of Young Israel of Plainview, will follow with presentations of “Developments in Halacha Culminating in Prenuptial Agreements” and “New York State Get Law.”
The conference concludes with an opportunity and an invitation for unmarried couples to learn more and even sign the halachik prenuptial agreement, enforceable in a civil court, whose standardization can serve as an inoculation against future agunot (www.theprenup.org). Married couples will also be offered the same opportunity to easily sign a notarized post-nuptial agreement which will bring us closer to 100 percent participation and a societal expectation of Jewish couples being covered by these agreements.
The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA) is a not-for-profit organization which assists divorcing couples in resolving contested Jewish divorces in a timely fashion and in accordance with the highest standards of Jewish law.
The Young Israel of Plainview is a Modern Orthodox synagogue and community dedicated to Torah ideals, meaningful prayer, the State and People of Israel, and Charity to all. www.yiplainview.com