Results From A Study of Agunot

By Barbara Zakheim

The Mellman Group, Inc., October 10, 2011

 This report outlines the key findings of a new study of agunot (women whose husbands refuse to grant them a bill of divorce). The study identified 462 instances of agunah in North America over a five-year period and suggests that there has been an increase in cases of Jewish women being refused a religious divorce by their husbands while the rate of case resolution has been on the decline. These "chained women" have little money and are not aware of the resources available to them. Most agunot are younger women with children trying to leave their first marriages, have little money, and are unaware of the resources that are available to them. The study found that most organizations are not primarily set up to deal with agunot. In a majority of the organizations that participated, less than 25% of volunteer time was allocated to assisting agunot, and no financial support for agunot was available through the organization.

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Topic: Halakha, Jewish Law, Agunot (Chained Wives), Divorce, Survey, Jewish Organizations, Women, Clergy

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Genre: Report

Coverage: North America

Language: English

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