Congressman under pressure over
SUPPORTERS OF a woman whose husband has continuously refused to grant her a Jewish divorce have increased pressure on the man’s employer — a US congressman.
Aharon Friedman, who works for Michigan Republican Congressman Dave Camp, split up with his wife two years ago, having separated two years earlier after a two-year marriage.
But, embroiled in battle for custody of their daughter, he has so far refused to match their civil divorce with a Jewish one, by withholding the get and leaving her a chained wife or agunah.
As it stands, Tamar Epstein cannot remarry, yet Mr Friedman has ignored the Manhattan beth din’s “declaration of contempt” against him.
Because of Mr Friedman’s public status, his former wife’s plight has become the subject of a large social media campaign directed at the congressman and led by the Organisation for the Resolution of Agunot.
Mr Camp, a powerful player in Wash- ington DC because of his role as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has refused to condemn Mr Friedman and dismissed the issue as “gossip”.
Earlier this year, Mr Camp disabled comments on his Facebook page after supporters of Ms Epstein covered it in messages calling for him to take action. There has also been Twitter and phone campaigns and more than 5,700 people have signed a petition calling for Mr Camp to stop supporting Mr Friedman.