Educational Initiatives

Agunah Prevention

ORA's Agunah Prevention Initiative educates students, community members, and rabbis about the plight of agunot, reframes get-refusal as a form of domestic abuse, and seeks to establish the signing of The Prenup as a community-wide standard.

 

Interested in bringing an educational program to your school, campus, or community? Contact us at education@getora.org.

High Schools

The Agunah Prevention Initiative raises awareness about the plight of agunot and the preventative solution of The Prenup. Geared towards students in yeshiva high schools, this program empowers its participants to protect themselves throughout the marriage process and serve as advocates within their own communities. 

 

The workshop consists of a one-hour, interactive presentation, which incorporates printed sourcebooks and dynamic multimedia tailored to the backgrounds and needs of each audience. The program fosters an engaging discussion about classical Jewish sources, domestic abuse, the experience of the agunah, communal advocacy on behalf of agunot, and the preventative solution of the halachic prenuptial agreement.

Communities

ORA partners with communities throughout North America in addressing the agunah crisis through educational seminars and workshops. Our shul programming engages participants of all skill levels, backgrounds, and ages, empowering communities to take a stance against get-refusal. At the end of many of our programs, married couples are encouraged to sign halachic postnuptial agreements and thereby model to their children the importance of signing The Prenup.

College Campuses

Our workshop on college campuses educates college students about the abusive nature of get-refusal and the preventative solution of The Prenup. Similar to the workshop we run in high schools, the one hour multimedia presentation fosters discussion and empowers college students to take an active role in working to combat the problem of agunot.

 

Additionally, the ORA Campus Fellowship trains college students to become leaders in their communities, experts on issues of get abuse, and certified as notaries public so they can independently facilitate the signing of halachic prenups!

“This program was very informative. I did not know this was a big problem before today”

- student of Hebrew Academy of Montreal 

 

“I am now aware of the prenuptial agreement, which I had no idea existed before

-student of Hebrew Academy of Nassau County 

"Thank you so much for your informative and thoughtful presentations. It is clear that many of the students were highly engaged in learning and exploring the issues. We hope that they internalize the messages and become part of the process of eradicating the scourge of עיגון."

I will definitely now get a prenup when I get married”

- student of Maayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls 

The following schools and synagogues have hosted the Agunah Prevention Initiative:

School Programming:

  • Atlanta Jewish Academy

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (New York, NY)

  • Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School (Baltimore, MD)

  • Bnos Devorah High School (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Brandeis University (Waltham, MA)

  • Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (Rockville, MD)

  • The City College of New York (New York, NY)

  • Columbia University (New York, NY)

  • Drisha Institue for Jewish Education (New York, NY)

  • DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys (Woodmere, NY)

  • Farber Hebrew Day School (Detroit, MI)

  • Fasman Yeshiva High School (Skokie, IL)

  • Fordham University (New York, NY)

  • The Frisch School (Paramus, NJ)

  • Fuchs Mizrachi School (Beachwood, OH)

  • Georgetown University Law School (Washington D.C.)

  • Gratz Jewish Community High School (Greater Philadelphia, PA)

  • Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (West Hempstead, NY)

  • Hebrew High School of New England (West Hartford, CT)

  • Hebrew Theological College (Skokie, IL)

  • Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • Hillel of Columbia/Barnard (New York, NY)

  • Hillel of Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)

  • Hillel of Maryland University (College Park, MD)

  • Hillel of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

  • Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • Hillel Yeshiva (Deal, NJ)

  • Ida Crown Jewish Academy (Skokie, IL)

  • Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy (Bryn Mawr, PA)

  • JLIC of Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

  • JLIC of Queens College (Queens, NY)

  • JTS Social Work Program (New York, NY)

  • Katz Yeshiva High School (Boca Raton, FL)

  • Kohelet Yeshiva High School (Philadelphia, PA)

  • Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls (Teaneck, NJ)

  • Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy (Rockville, MD)

  • Midreshet AMIT (Israel)

  • Midreshet Emunah v'Omanut (Israel)

  • Midreshet Harova (Israel)

  • Midreshet Lindenbaum (Israel)

  • Midreshet Moriah (Israel)

  • Nishmat Alisa Flatow International Program (Israel)

  • North Shore Hebrew Academy High School (Great Neck, NY)

  • Northwest Yeshiva High School (Mercer Island, WA)

  • Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)

  • Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy (Miami Beach, FL)

  • Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (New York, NY)

  • Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School (Livingston, NJ)

  • The Ramaz School (New York, NY)

  • SAR High School (Riverdale, NY)

  • Sha'alvim for Women (Israel)

  • Shalhevet High School (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Shalhevet High School for Girls (North Woodmere, NY)

  • Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls (Hewlett, NY)

  • Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University (New York, NY)

  • Torah Academy of Bergen County (Teaneck, NJ)

  • Ulpanat Orot (Toronto, Canada)

  • The University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

  • University of Maryland (College Park, MD)

  • Uri L'Tzedek (New York, NY)

  • Yale University School of Law (New Haven, CT)

  • Yavneh Academy of Dallas (Dallas, TX)

  • Yeshiva College, Yeshiva University (New York, NY)

  • Yeshiva of Flatbush (Brooklyn, NY)

  • Yeshiva of Greater Washington (Silverspring, MD)

  • Yeshiva University High School for Boys (New York, NY)

  • Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Holliswood, NY)

  • Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (Riverdale, NY)

  • Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi (Israel)

  • Yeshivat Har Etzion (Israel)

  • Yeshivat Migdal Hatorah (Israel)

  • Yeshivat and Midreshet Torah V'Avodah (Israel)

  • Yerushalayim Torah Academy (Israel)

  • Yeshivat Yesodei HaTorah (Israel)

  • YULA Boys High School (Los Angeles, CA)

  • YULA Girls High School (Los Angeles, CA)

Synagogue and Community Programming:

  • Anshe Chesed (Linden NJ)

  • Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation (Lakeview, IL)

  • Avenue N. Jewish Center (Brooklyn, NY)

  • Beth Aaron Congregation (Teaneck, NJ)

  • Beth Israel Congregation (Miami Beach, FL)

  • Beth Jacob Congregation (Beverly Hills, CA)

  • B'nai David-Judea Congregation (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Congregation Ahabat Shalom (Lynn, MA)

  • Congregation Ahavath Achim (Portland, OR)

  • Congregation Ahawas Achim B'nai Jacob & David (West Orange, NJ)

  • Congregation Anshe Chesed Center (Linden, NJ)

  • Congregation Beth Hamedrosh (Wynnewood, PA)

  • Congregation Beth Israel Abraham and Voliner (Overland Park, KS)

  • Congregation Beth Jacob (Atlanta, GA)

  • Congregation Beth Sholom (Potomac, MD)

  • Congregation Beth Sholom (Rochester, NY)

  • Congregation Etz Chaim of Kew Garden Hills (Queens, NY)

  • Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe (Brighton, MA)

  • Congregation Keter Torah (Teaneck, NJ)

  • Congregation Kesser Israel (Portland, OR)

  • Congregation KINS of West Rogers Park (Chicago, IL)

  • Congregation Ohab Zedek (New York, NY)

  • Congregation Ohav Sholom (Merrick, NY)

  • Congregation Ohr Saadya (Teaneck, NJ) 

  • Congregation Or Torah (Chicago, IL)

  • Congregation Poale Zedeck (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • Congregation Ramath Orah (New York, NY)

  • Congregation Shaare Tefilla of Dallas (Dallas, TX)

  • Congregation Shomrei Torah (Fair Lawn, NJ)

  • Congregation Torat Emet- The Main Street Synagogue (Columbus, OH)

  • Etz Chaim of Dogwood Park (West Hempstead, NY)

  • Fleetwood Synagogue (Mount Vernon, NY)

  • Green Road Synagogue (Beachwood, OH)

  • Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (Riverdale, NY)

  • Irving Place Minyan (Woodmere, NY)

  • Kehilat Chovevei Tzion (Chicago, IL)

  • Kehilat Ramath Orah (New York, NY)

  • Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim (New York, NY)

  • Keneseth Beth Israel (Richmond, VA)

  • Kesher Israel Synagogue (Washington D.C.)

  • Kingsway Jewish Center (Brooklyn, NY)

  • Lincoln Square Synagogue (New York, NY)

  • Los Angeles, CLE (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Lower Merion Synagogue (Lower Merion, PA)

  • Minyan Ohr Chadash (Seattle, WA)

  • Mount Sinai Jewish Center (Washington Height, NY)

  • Ohev Shalom: The National Synagogue (Washington D.C.)

  • Oheb Zedek Cedar Sinai Synagogue (Beachwood, OH)

  • Riverdale Jewish Center (Riverdale, NY)

  • Shaare Torah Congregation (Pittsburgh, PA)

  • The Jewish Center (New York, NY)

  • United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston (Houston, TX)

  • Western Galilee College (Israel)

  • West Side Institutional Synagogue (New York, NY)

  • Women of Vision, CLE (Philadelphia, PA)

  • Yavneh Minyan of Flatbush (Brooklyn, NY)

  • Young Israel of Flatbush (Brooklyn, NY)

  • Young Israel of Greater Cleveland (Cleveland, OH)

  • Young Israel of Great Neck (Great Neck, NY)

  • Young Israel of Hollis Hills-Windsor Park (Flushing, NY)

  • Young Israel of Long Beach (Long Beach, NY)

  • Young Israel of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY)

  • Young Israel of Plainview (Plainview, NY)

  • Young Israel of Scarsdale (Scarsdale, NY)

  • Young Israel of Sharon (Sharon, MA)

  • Young Israel of Southfield (Southfield. MI)

  • Young Israel of Stamford (Stamford, CT)

  • Young Israel of Teaneck (Teaneck, NJ)

  • Young Israel of Toco Hills (Atlanta, GA)

  • Young Israel of the West Side (New York, NY)

  • Young Israel of West Hartford (Hartford, CT) 

  • Young Israel of Woodmere (Woodmere, NY)

  • Young Israel Ohab Zedek of North Riverdale (Bronx, NY)

 

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