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Home Page of the Agunot Campaign in the UK

Welcome to the website of the Agunot Campaign. Our purpose is to remedy the injustice suffered by Jewish women whose husbands deny them a religious divorce (called a ‘get’) after their marriages have irretrievably broken down. A woman in this position is called an ‘agunah‘ meaning a ‘chained woman’ (plural ‘agunot‘).

Agunot are unable to re-marry in an orthodox synagogue. If an agunah contracts a civil marriage, then each child of that marriage is a ‘mamzer‘ – that is, illegitimate according to Jewish law. This status passes down through the generations; thus the son or daughter of a mamzer is also a mamzer. The mamzer suffers severe penalties, such as being restricted to marrying only another mamzer or a convert.

The Agunot Campaign holds that the position of the agunah is contrary to the principles of justice enshrined in Jewish law. Please support our campaign to secure a just solution to the plight of the agunot.