I sit down with Keshet Starr, the CEO of ORA to discuss how her work has changed in the 2 years since #freechava. We discuss a specific case happening now in Bergen county, the line between tough negotiator and get refuser, how this all gets even tougher when you know the parties involved and how using a get as a bargaining chip leads to worse outcomes for everyone.
Keshet Starr, Esq., is the CEO of the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA), the nonprofit organization addressing the agunah (Jewish divorce refusal) crisis on a case-by-case basis worldwide. At ORA, Keshet oversees advocacy and early intervention initiatives designed to assist individuals seeking a Jewish divorce, along with prevention initiatives to eliminate abuse from the Jewish divorce process. Keshet has written for outlets such as the Times of Israel, The Forward and Haaretz, and frequently presents on issues related to Jewish divorce, domestic abuse, and the intersection between civil and religious divorce processes. Keshet has also authored academic work focused on get refusal and domestic abuse, and is a Wexner Field Fellow. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Keshet lives in central New Jersey with her husband and children.
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Click here for my previous conversation with Keshet where we review the Halachick prenup.
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