Helping parents and children overcome divorce

Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky is one of the founders of Frum Divorce, a community-support organization, dedicated to supporting members of the religious community, who are going through the divorce process, with a specific focus on parenting and guidance on how to deal with the emotional fallout of separation and divorce.

Divorce is an ugly word, especially among the religious. It represents the break up of a cornerstone of Jewish life. Yet divorce is a growing issue in Jewish communities. The UJA-Federation of New York's 2011 Community Study found the divorce rate has increased by 22% since 2002—and that it is increasingly a problem for the religious. In Brooklyn, among Orthodox Jews, the study found divorce rose by over 20%.

The result is often loneliness and isolation, stigma and shame. Other than the passing of a loved one, few experiences in life can be as painful and traumatizing as divorce. Like bereavement, divorce can affect everyone. Divorce is a loss for parents and children alike.

Frum Divorce was created to heal the pain felt by parents and children of divorce in a strong community environment. Through support groups, community lectures and popular events, we try to ensure no Jewish parent or child is alone at this most difficult time.

Divorce is a traumatic, life-changing experience, which can raise many troubling questions: What about the children? What about the 'get'? How can I afford this? How will I survive? Frum Divorce helps parents find the answers to these questions. We offer parents and children guidance, support, and community at a time of profound pain. We comfort men, women and children at their time of need and keep families engaged with Jewish life.

Our mission is as simple as it is vital: to provide families with much-needed support to overcome the panic, trauma and loss of divorce.

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