The Rackman Center

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The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women (in Hebrew: מרכז רקמן לקידום מעמד האשה), commonly known as the Rackman Center, is a research institution, think tank and legal aid clinic that is part of the Bar Ilan University Faculty of Law. It was established in 2001 with the goal of improving women's status and bringing an end to gender discrimination in Israeli society.[1] The founding director of the centre is Ruth Halperin-Kaddari.

The Rackman Center aims to improve the legal status of women in Israel. The Center is best known for advocating for the rights of agunot (that is, Jewish married women whose husbands will not to give them a religious divorce)[2][3][4].

The Center also holds a legal aid clinic which for the benefit of women of low means at the Beit Din, the rabbinical courts.

In collaboration with Yad L’Isha and the Max Morrison Legal Aid Center and Hotline for Women, three times a year the Center publishes the Din VehaDayan, a magazine that does research on issues in Family Law[5], and a regular survey of important decisions from the Beit Din. Once a year the center holds a conference concerning different topics related to Jewish religious law, Halakha.

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