A barbecue fundraiser to benefit the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA), is scheduled for Sunday, May 22, at 4:00 p.m. The event chairs are Benjamin Farkas and Esther Schonfeld, Esq., a matrimonial attorney and founding partner of Schonfeld and Goldring, LLP; Ari and Chanie Hirt, who are hosting their event at their home in Lawrence (122 Central Avenue); and Shimmie and Chanie Klein.
Ms. Schonfeld and her firm often work hand in hand with ORA to assist clients in obtaining the necessary Jewish divorce documents (gittin) from their recalcitrant husbands. Ms. Schonfeld has worked tirelessly throughout her career to achieve favorable and just results for her clients. Recently she has been instrumental in the release of several longtime agunot. Schonfeld and Goldring, LLP, has previously raised funds for ORA when sponsoring and chairing a fundraising event in 2015 by a private screening of the 2015 Golden Globe-nominated foreign film GETT, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem, the story of a woman’s struggle to divorce a husband who refused to grant her a divorce. The event was a full-house, sold-out event with all proceeds going directly to ORA.
Ms. Schonfeld hopes that the entire community will join her in supporting this important organization. “A beacon in the murky waters surrounding this ever present agunah crisis is ORA, which provides an avenue of last resort to individuals who are affected by the get crisis,” says Ms. Schonfeld. As a matrimonial attorney whose practice focuses heavily on the Orthodox community, Ms. Schonfeld has personally witnessed the devastation caused by recalcitrant husbands and wives. According to Ms. Schonfeld, “I have also seen firsthand the successful results of the efforts of ORA and I can attest to the fact that get refusal affects all segments of our community; that is why ORA deserves our full support.”
“Refusal to give a get is a form of domestic abuse, and it is the responsibility of our community to ensure that no party is permitted to chain their spouse to a failed marriage,” says Ms. Schonfeld. “Only through our support of organizations like ORA can we hope to ensure that future generations will not endure the same fate being suffered by many women and men in our society today.”
Esther Schonfeld is a graduate of Touro Law School, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, summa cum laude, and former editor-in-chief of Touro Law Review. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2000, and has since been admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Since her admission to the New York State bar, she has actively specialized in the fields of matrimonial and family law. Ms. Schonfeld works extensively with rabbis, mediators, rabbinical courts, and other attorneys to strive to get people through these extremely difficult times in their lives as financially and emotionally protected as possible. She is a frequent lecturer, published author, and recognized authority on get matters and domestic abuse and has been involved extensively in the areas of agunah and beis din litigation.Â