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  • Itzik Elstein, a True Emunah Hero Reaches for the Stars

    3Itzik Elstein, now 20, was a resident at Emunah's Youth Village in Pardes Chana, for more than 9 years. As Itzik settled into his new "home" he started to feel secure and loved for the first time in his life, helping him to believe in a future for himself. It is there, that he first began to set goals for himself, and to reach them. 

    As Itzik grew up, he dreamed of  being a pilot in the Israeli Air Force.  With that goal in mind, he set out to make his

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  • Eden Nagado

    IMG 7161Beautiful and talented Eden Nagado, a 17-year-old senior, will commence her 6th year at the Emunah Children’s Center in Afula in September. Eden’s father, an alcoholic, is serving a lengthy sentence in the Be’er Sheva maximum security prison, for domestic violence. Until recently Eden had no contact with her father but with the intervention of the Emunah team, she met him for the first time. The meeting was moving and empowering, and Eden has grown a great deal

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  • Leah's Story - Emunah's Neve Michael Children's Emergency Center

    Little Leah was recently brought to Emunah's Neve Michael Children's Emergency Center. She is slight and brittle and the look in those sad dark eyes tells an awful tale. There is a desolate place in her soul emanating through those cheerless eyes, as if someone took the light out of her life.

    The circumstances of Leah's arrival at Emunah's Neve Michael are similar to those of so many of our children. She was brought here by Court order after the Welfare authorities determined that her natural parents were no longer capable of raising her in a normal family environment. They were

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  • Revital's Story - Emunah Neve Michael Children's Village

    neve michaelAt the end of October 2009, 15 year old Revital arrived at the doorstep of the first Teen Age Girls’ Crisis Center in Israel, housed at Emunah’s Neve Michael Children’s Village. Revital was accompanied by a police officer and a social worker after being dragged from the streets of Jerusalem.

    After many hours of therapy, the professional staff at Neve Michael's, discovered that Revital had been sexually abused when she

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Children in 135 Daycare Centers

Children in 5 Children's Homes

Families using 11 Crisis Centers

Students in 4 High Schools

Students in Emunah College

emunah women get jailCurrent legislation allows the rabbinical courts to enforce divorce rulings and getts by imposing an array of restrictions on sarvanei get – men who refuse to grant their wives divorces. Forced imprisonment is considered to be the most extreme of the restrictive orders, but even inside prison cells there are sarvanei gett who dare to demand improved conditions or that they be granted conditions that will benefit them during their prison terms, such as participation in study frameworks offered to prisoners, receiving food with stricter (mehadrin) kashrut certification, or living in the prison's religiously-observant wing.

The Supreme Rabbinical Court expressed its opposition to these benefits and ruled that there is no justification for allowing (even religious) sarvanei gett to reside in religiously-observant prison wings, and that no effort should be made to prepare mehadrin food for these prisoners, so long as they do not fulfill their basic halachic duty of granting their wives divorces. The Court also ruled that sarvanei gett must be prohibited from all study frameworks offered in prisons, and that sarvanim held in isolation should be denied reading and writing material and access to media of any kind, to keep them from maintaining their intransigence regarding divorce refusal.

Emunah's bill seeks to empower the rabbinical courts to impose these restrictions on sarvanei gett who have been forcibly imprisoned, as a means of pressuring them and ultimately achieving the actual goal of the imprisonment – the granting of divorce decrees to the wives. It should be noted, as an aside, that although the number of imprisoned sarvanei gett is not large, the worsening of these men's conditions could deter other sarvanim from persisting in divorce refusal.

 

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