Legal Information: Religious

Jewish Get Law (Divorce Law)

March 12, 2010

Shelters, organizations, and help for Jewish women

Agunah International (, phone: 212-249-4523. Agunah International has its own beit din which is extremely proactive in granting gitten to agunot. They also counsel agunot whose husbands are withholding gitten as a means of control, provide financial aid to agunot in need, and raise awareness about the plight of agunot in the community.

GET Assistance Project of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) (, tel: 212-750-0800 x613. NYLAG is a not-for-profit legal services agency in New York City. They provide free civil legal assistance to people who live with domestic violence and seek a divorce.

Jewish Divorce Assistance Center of Los Angeles (JDAC) - (323) 473-5222 - JDAC provides individuals confronting the divorce process with a live resource center to help navigate the unique challenges of Jewish divorce, offering in-person emotional and logistical support, guidance through the beit din (Jewish Court) process, and informal mediation services. Additionally, JDAC offers referrals to social service agencies, legal services, and other professionals in the Los Angeles Area.

The International Council of Jewish Women ( advocates for the rights of agunot. Visit their website for information about their programs.

The Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (, 877-88-JCADA. JCADA is based in the Washington, D.C. area, and helps local women who live with domestic violence. Among their many services, JCADA helps women find food and shelter, provides legal assistance and job training, and partners with the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) to provide counseling to victims of domestic violence.

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (, 1-888-550-JOFA. JOFA’s website offers a thorough guide to the process of getting a get, a glossary, and extensive reference material about Jewish law and the problems of agunot.

The Jewish Social Service Agency (, 301-881-3700, provides counseling and other services to women in the Washington, D. C. area who live with domestic abuse.

Jewish Women International's National Alliance to End Domestic Violence, brings together the country's leading experts on issues of concern to all professionals working in the domestic violence field.

Kayama (, 800-932-8589. Kayama is a not-for-profit organization that helps Jewish people in all states and in all countries to obtain gitten. There is no charge for their services.

The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot  (, 212-795-0791. ORA is a social service agency that works with agunot, rabbis, and battei din to expedite the process of getting a get.

Shalom Bayit (, 510-451-7233. Shalom Bayit is an organization of Jewish women in the San Francisco Bay Area working to end domestic violence. They provide support and advocacy to women who live with domestic violence, and can help observant Jewish women find safe shelter in which they can observe Shabbat, the laws of kashrut (dietary restrictions), etc.

Project Eden ( addresses issues for Jewish Orthodox victims of domestic violence in Brooklyn, NY.  Project Eden provides grass-roots trainings to individuals who have close contact with women in the community and are often privy to family issues. This includes sheitel machers (wig stylists), mikvah (ritual bath) attendants, cosmetologists, as well as day care providers, rabbis, and kallah (bridal) teachers.