Con­gress­man un­der pres­sure over

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN

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.

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