Postnup Signing Event
Kehilat Nitzanim, Jerusalem
September 13, 2017
An amazing event was held in Jerusalem on September 13th by the IYIM Agunah and Get-Refusal Prevention Project. The Postnuptial Agreement Signing Party was an exemplary demonstration of how good people getting together can make a difference in “Tikkun Olam,” in bettering Jewish society.
Over fifty couples gathered in the Kehillat Nitzanim synagogue and were treated to good food and good music, heard succinct messages from Rabbi Shai Finklestein of Kehillat Nitzanim and Dr. Rachel Levmore, director of the IYIM Agunah and Get-Refusal Prevention Project, and signed the postnuptial Agreement for Mutual Respect. The cparticipants walked away with an understanding of the background and importance of signing a halakhic prenup or postnup. By them signing, the hopes are for it to become the norm for the next generation to sign a prenup before marriage as a part of the whole engagement process.
The atmosphere of the evening was quite special. All of the participants understood that they were making history, helping to solve the problem of get-refusal in a manner within Jewish law, serving as an example for their own families and affecting change in Jewish societal mores. Some feedback we received at the event was: “Thank you for doing all the good work that you do!”; “we have always meant to sign but never got to it-thank you!”; and “thank you-now my kids will understand that they have to sign a prenup when they get married” and more! The goal of the evening was to increase awareness and promote preventive options for both women and men against being chained in unwanted marriages, and start a tikkun olam project with all couples as a part of the solution. The increased utilization of pre-nuptial agreements is a critical step in purging our community of the distressful problem of the modern-day Aguna and enabling men and women to remarry without restriction.
The participants were so grateful and raving about the evening in its entirety and about the meaningful mission that was accomplished– feeling that they had actually made history and influenced their own families and Jewish society