What is the Get Smart Project?

The Get Smart Project is a unique national initiative educating Orthodox teens and raising community awareness about healthy relationships and the halachic prenuptial agreement.

The goal is to normalize use of the halachic prenuptial agreement, prevent get abuse, and encourage healthy relationships.

The Get Smart Project is reaching thousands of teens in Orthodox high schools across the country.

Why teens?

It’s never too early to start learning about healthy relationships – with family, friends, and a future spouse. Many teens are already thinking about their futures, including dating and marriage, and guidance from parents, educators, and rabbonim is key to preparing for these important life decisions.

By educating Orthodox teens on healthy relationships and the halachic prenup, the Get Smart Project starts the conversation early, so teens have the tools to make informed choices.

Where is the project happening?

The project is being piloted in Orthodox high schools in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, and Connecticut... and the list keeps growing!

To bring the Get Smart Project to your community, please contact Deborah Rosenbloom at drosenbloom@jwi.org.

The Get Smart Project advisory committee:

Rabbi Michael Bleicher

Clinician and Outreach Coordinator

Project S.A.R.A.H. (Stop Abusive Relationships at Home)

Jewish Family Service and Children’s Center

Clifton-Passaic, NJ

Rabbi Michael Bleicher, LSW, is a clinician and outreach coordinator for Project S.A.R.A.H. (Stop Abusive Relationships At Home), a statewide program that works to overcome cultural, legal and religious barriers confronting victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. A graduate of Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work, he has experience working with clients struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression and trauma. He also serves as the rabbi of the Elmora Hills Minyan in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Rabbi Jeremy Stern

Executive Director

ORA (Organization for the Resolution of Agunot)

New York, NY

Rabbi Jeremy Stern serves as the executive director of the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA), an international nonprofit organization which advocates against the abuse of the get (Jewish divorce) process. Rabbi Stern received a B.A., a master’s in Jewish education, and rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, and a master’s in public administration specializing in nonprofit administration from Baruch College. The staff at ORA has assisted in the resolution of over 250 contentious agunah cases since the organization’s founding in 2002. Rabbi Stern has served as ORA’s executive director since 2009 and lectures frequently on issues of domestic abuse, the interplay between the Jewish and American legal systems, and the role of the Jewish community in preventing and counteracting get-refusal.

Rabbi David Rosenberg

Coordinator of Jewish Educational Services and Orthodox Community Liaison

JCARES (Jewish Community Abuse Resources, Education & Solutions)

Jewish Child & Family Services 

Chicago, IL

David M. Rosenberg serves as coordinator of Jewish educational servicesat Jewish Child & Family Services in Chicago and in this capacity directs the JCFS Therapeutic Yeshiva. He also serves as the agency's Orthodox community liaison. He has taught classes in Jewish history, Bible, and Kabbalah for the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning at various sites in Metropolitan Chicago for more than a decade. He is a member of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, the Chicago Board of Rabbis, and the Clergy Task Force of Jewish Women International.  David received his BA in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University and a master’s degree in Bible and rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University. He is an alumnus fellow of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship.   He leads and plays clarinet in DRE, a jazz quartet with Jewish roots.