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'He should come to recognize that he is abusing a Jewish woman' Photo: Gabi Menashe
'He should come to recognize that he is abusing a Jewish woman' Photo: Gabi Menashe

Congressional staffer blasted for refusing divorce

Organization for Resolution of Agunot installs ad in Washington area metro station urging Aharon Friedman to 'give a get now!'

Syd Keeb
Published: 10.01.12, 08:00 / Israel Jewish Scene

Women have been known to go to great lengths to secure a "get" – the Jewish divorce decree, from their ex-husbands. But the non-profit Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA) has a decidedly public approach to the frustrating situation that affects thousands of women worldwide.


In a Washington area metro station, ORA installed an ad urging Aharon Friedman, a staffer for US Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), to “Give a Get Now!”

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Tamar Epstein received a civil divorce from Friedman in April 2010, but with a pending custody dispute, he will not grant his ex-wife a get, making it impossible for her to remarry Jewishly.


“We will continue to pursue this pressure until Tamar goes free,” said Rabbi Jeremy Stern, ORA’s executive director.


With no end date in sight, the ad which was strategically placed at a station Friedman uses to commute to work every day, the tactic seems to have some bite.


“He should have to look himself in the eye every day on his way to work,” the rabbi said. “While he should be serving the American public, he should come to recognize that he is abusing a Jewish woman”


The non-profit organization is also asking supporters to post the ad on Facebook and share it with their friends.



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