Open Doors is a unique project that is being run in conjunction with the students in the training program of the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. The aim of the project is to expose what happens behind closed doors in the rabbinical courts, and to bring this information to the Israeli public in as credible and authentic a manner as possible.
It is no secret that many women who are going through the process of divorce have a very difficult time in the rabbinical courts, both from a legal and a procedural point of view. We in Mavoi Satum have set ourselves the goal of eradicating the phenomenon of the violation of women’s rights, dignity and liberty in the course of divorce proceedings. For this purpose, we are conducting a wide-scale research project amongst women who are Agunot or the victims of get refusal; the research is designed to reflect their experience, and to examine their faith in the system in the framework of which they are struggling to obtain their get – a struggle which sometimes lasts for many years.
The research and the interview were written in consultation with experts and researchers; the interviewers are students from the Hartman Institute, under the guidance of the social-work staff at the Mavoi Satum Organization.
All the women testify anonymously, and their details are retained by the Organization. The research will be conducted for a period of 6 months, with the participation of over one hundred women.