How Can You Advocate for Agunot?

Group of men advocating for agunot

  • Learn what the issues are: read articles and information about the agunah issue on this website by clicking here.
  • Let others know that you are concerned about the agunah issue, and help create a groundswell in your community to advocate for halakhic solutions.
  • Support the RCA recommendation and the IRF requirement to make a Jewish pre-nuptial agreement a requirement for every marriage. If you are getting married, use one yourself, and encourage others in your community to do the same.
  • Help agunot make informed decisions by identifying batei din that are respectful of women and above suspicion of bias or conflict of interest.
  • Offer to accompany a divorcing woman to the beit din. 
  • Be supportive of agunot in your community: invite them and their children to your Shabbat and Yom Tov table.
  • Encourage men from all branches of Judaism to give a get when divorcing. 
  • Speak to rabbis, sisterhoods, men's clubs and other organizations in your community to ensure that synagogues and communal institutions do not welcome recalcitrant spouses.  To view a current list of seiruvim, please click here. 
  • Organize and participate in demonstrations against recalcitrant husbands. Numbers count.
  • Ensure that your children's high schools have classes that educate them about meaningful and respectful relationships, problem solving, and open communication between spouses and in families.
  • Offer financial support to organizations that work to help agunot. 
  • Volunteer your professional skills and talents in fields such as law, social work, journalism and public relations, to organizations that help agunot. 
  • Encourage family/matrimonial lawyers in your community to become informed about Jewish divorce issues and to eliminate the get issue from divorce negotiations.

Ask your Rabbi to:    

  • Make an halakhic pre-nuptial agreement a requirement for every wedding at which he officiates. 
  • Be proactive in obtaining the get immediately after determining the reconciliation is not possible.
  • Educate the community about the laws and process of gittin. 
  • Use the pulpit to promote healthy family relationships and condemn abuse.
  • Withhold synagogue and communal honors from recalcitrant husbands.
  • Include a prayer for agunot in the Shabbat service.