Introduction and history of The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA).
The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA) is a New York-based nonprofit organization which advocates for the elimination of the infliction of abuse from the Jewish divorce process. The organization advocates on behalf of agunot and promotes the universal adoption of Jewish prenuptial agreements for the prevention of get-refusal (a get is a bill of Jewish divorce). Get-refusal is considered to be a form of domestic abuse. Rabbi Jeremy Stern is the Executive Director of the organization.
ORA was founded in 2002 by a group of Yeshiva University students. Since then, the organization has resolved over 220 cases of get-refusal, and at any given time is actively involved in approximately 50 open agunah cases. In 2014, the Slingshot Guide named ORA as one of the most innovative nonprofit organizations in North America for its success in “advocating for vulnerable women and changing the conversation about divorce in the Orthodox community.”
From the ORA web site:
Our Mission: The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA) seeks to eliminate abuse from the Jewish divorce process. ORA works within the parameters of Jewish law and civil law to advocate for the timely and unconditional issuance of a get. ORA believes that the protracted refusal to issue or receive a get is a form of domestic abuse which must never be tolerated. ORA seeks to foster a Jewish community in which a get is never used as a weapon. ORA pursues its mission through agunah case advocacy, early intervention programs, and educational initiatives for agunah prevention.
Our services are provided free of charge, and we are a registered 501c(3).
We operate under the halachic guidance of Rabbi Herschel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). To view ORA’s rabbinic endorsements, click here.
womenslaw.org lists ORA among other resources for agunot and Jewish divorce resolution services
Agunah International counsels 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. We also refer agunot to appropriate Rabbinical Courts. We help people nationally and internationally.
Jewish Divorce Assistance Center of Los Angeles (JDAC)
4221 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 393
Los Angeles CA, 90010
Phone: (323) 473-5222
JDAC provides individuals in the Los Angeles area who are confronting the Jewish 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.
Phone: 800-932-8589 for outside NY state; in NY state, call 718-692-1876.
Kayama is a not-for-profit organization for Jewish people that helps them obtain a “get,” which is a Jewish religious divorce. (They do not help with civil, non-religious divorces.) There is no charge for their services. They help people in all states, all countries.
One Step Forward: The Jewish Divorce Resource Line
One Step Forward (OSF): The Jewish Divorce Resource Line is a project of ORA (Organization for the Resolution of Agunot) and offers support, guidance, and referrals to individuals contemplating or going through the divorce process. One Step Forward has a particular focus on helping callers navigate the civil and Jewish divorce processes. We help people throughout the nation at no charge.
The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot
The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA) seeks to eliminate abuse from the Jewish divorce process. ORA works within the parameters of Jewish and civil law to advocate for the timely and unconditional issuance of a get through case advocacy, early intervention programs, and educational initiatives. We help people throughout the nation at no charge.