To all readers of Agunah and Her Get.com,
First, we want to thank Agunah and her Get for all the wonderful services they provide for Agunos throughout Canada, U.S.A and the world. Your work is needed in Jewish Communities everywhere. May Hashem bless everyone involved in your organization, with long life, health, nachas and simchos in your families. Know that the entire Brighton, Brookline, Crown Heights,and Boro Park Jewish communities support all you are doing. It is unbelievable how many people want to help. You have tapped into a groundswell of support that has been waiting to find a way in which to channel their pent up frustration with how Agunos are being treated. Kol Hakavod and may you go from strength to strength.
We have known Atara for many years.
We grew up together in Brighton/Brookline, (Boston, MA) Crown Heights (Brooklyn, New York) and went to the same schools; Maimonides, (Brookline, MA), Shearim Women’s College, (Har Nof, Israel), Ohr Chaya Seminary, (Jerusalem Israel), and are neighbors in the Jewish community of Boro Park (Brooklyn, New York). Some of our kids attend the same school as Atara’s son. We have always viewed Atara as a frum woman who conducts herself according to Orthodox Jewish law we all adhere to.
We have sympathy for the terrible situation she is in.
We can not understand why, since her marriage is over, she should not be granted a Get as expeditiously as possible in a Jewish Court of Law, a Beis Din, as this is what is expected by those who adhere to Orthodox Jewish law. If Atara is not given her Get, she is called, in Orthodox Jewish law, an Agunah (chained), which means she is forever chained until such time Atara is given a Get.
In addition, by Atara not being given her Get, she is not allowed to move on with her life and have closure. She can not date, or, if she so desires, remarry. It is cruel, inhumane, and against Orthodox Jewish law to withhold a Get.
Historically, in every instance in a couple’s life where a Get is withheld, it is either to maintain control over the Agunah, or to use it as a negotiating tool, which ends up with demands of exorbitant, biased, and unfair settlement agreements which would never stand up in a secular court on its own merit.
We have, unfortunately, witnessed too many situations where either one of the above instances was the case.
Please daven for Atara Michal bas Yael, that she may have a yeshua and be given her Get immediately.
Chayah Mushka R.
Devorah Leah L.
Nechama Dena N.
representing the many friends of Atara Michal (Lauren Simkovitz) Kreindler, who are behind this letter.
If any readers of the above letter would like to assist this Agunah in receiving her Get and require more detailed information, please send an email to the website.
Update #1: We have been contacted by many friends of Atara in the Beverley Hills/Los Angeles, California Jewish communities, where she lived for close to three years, wanting to be part of this worldwide effort to help Atara receive her Get.
representing the many friends of Atara Michal (Lauren Simkovitz) Kreindler who are part of the Beverley Hills/Los Angeles, California Jewish communities, who are also behind this letter.
Update #2: It is heartwarming to be contacted by so many people, organizations, websites and blogs throughout the world wanting to help this Agunah, and requesting the detailed information package. It contains a lot of legal and medical information, so please be patient. We are responding first to the Crown Heights, New York, and Beverley Hills/Los Angeles, California requests.