Dear COLlive readers,
A 20-year old American Lubavitcher girl married a 21 year-old Israeli Sephardic bochur who turned out to be terribly abusive (physically and emotionally) husband.
While she lived in America following her marriage, her husband was actually arrested for physical abuse and released because she dropped the charges.
At that point they moved to Israel because he was deported by immigration following the release. She moved with him (as most abused women will), and with their infant daughter because he promised to seek counseling and swore to never harm her again.
Two-and-a-half months ago she was served papers by the Israeli Rabbinate stating that he wanted a divorce. She was shocked as she is the one who is getting abused. The papers contained a list of complaints against her, including a claim that she doesn’t care for her daughter properly. At that point she hired a lawyer.
When she showed up at the Rabbinate the police stopped her at the entrance and took her in to the station for questioning. The husband claimed she was an abusive mother and said he had videos as proof. Her lawyer sent a professional to check their apartment, and he found cameras set up all over the apartment, hooked up to a computer system.
At the next hearing she was awarded temporary custody of the baby, which would remain in effect as long as she stayed in a shelter. The lawyer demanded and received the videos from the husband, and sent them for professional evaluation. They were found to be edited. Movements were sped up, voices were taken out or made louder and dates were changed.
There is no question that she is and will be found innocent in court, but her lawyer will not work without being paid. She was forced to quit her job when she moved into the shelter, so currently she has no income at all.
Her siblings who all live in the USA managed to raise several thousand dollars for her to pay the lawyer for his work until now, but at this point the lawyer will do no more. We need to come up with $20,000 so that her lawyer will continue to represent her. $5,000 is needed immediately for her upcoming court hearing.
She has not had a chance to cultivate social relationships in Israel, as her husband prevented her from doing so. Her parents are unable to help her cover all the expenses involved. She is selling all her jewelry and household goods, but it will not bring in nearly enough to cover legal fees. She wants only to gain full custody of her child so that she can return to the USA, because her husband cannot return to the states, and start her life anew. Please open your hearts and help her out.
The assistance this young woman needs is desperate, it is literally Pikuach Nefesh. Her life and the life of her child is at stake (literally). Until she is granted custody of her infant, she cannot leave Israel.
Donations can be made through the following methods:
PayPal: [email protected]
Janet Esther Kidekel Routing/ABA# 267083763 Account # 0064182403
Please send your tax-deductible checks to:
Chabad Miami Lakes/NW Dade
16800 NW 83rd Place
Miami Lakes Fl 33016
Many local Rabbonim and International Rabbonim are aware of this situation as well. The non lubavitch community is raising money for her situation as well and can be sent to:
Ner Israel Charity Fund c/o Freidman
415 Yeshiva Lane
Baltimore MD 21208