ESTHER MACNER, Esq., is founder and president of Get Jewish Divorce Justice, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, dedicated to the prevention of abuse in the Jewish divorce process. Specifically, many women suffer from their husband’s refusal to grant a Jewish divorce, a get, which would enable them to remarry and have children.
Get Jewish Divorce Justice serves as a liaison between rabbinic courts, congregational rabbis and the communities they serve. She assists women in navigating through the Jewish divorce process. She is working to prevent future victims through the promotion of Jewish Prenuptial Agreements in conformance with California law. Her organization provides education, advocacy, and individual counseling.
She launched the annual International Agunah Day in Los Angeles, in solidarity with Israel and Jewish communities throughout the world. She has coordinated conferences and communal learning and drafted a curriculum module for high schools. Her organization provides a weekly Agunah Support Group Through Art and Creative Expression for current and former victims and their adult daughters led by author Sonia Levitin and family therapist Nan Gold.
Esther Macner received her J.D. from Cardozo Law, M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and B.A. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Ms. Macner, a New York trial attorney, divorce mediator, and former Assistant District Attorney, specializes in family law, domestic violence, and rabbinic court representation. With a fluency in Yiddish, Hebrew and rabbinic texts, she is one of a handful of women who have practiced before rabbinic courts.
She resides in Los Angeles with her husband Dr. Chaim Plotzker and may be reached at email@example.com. 310-730-5282.