Since 1998, New Family has distinguished itself as the leading family rights advocates in Israel. New Family fills a crucial gap in the theory and practice of law and human rights, by working for equal rights for families in Israel, including the rights to marry, divorce, have children, register spouses and children, and conduct family life free of religious coercion regardless of religion, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, or status.
New Family faithfully serves all families in Israel subject to legal inequalities, including people who can’t marry their partner or can’t marry at all in Israel, GLBT, interfaith and bi-national families, single parents, common-law couples, Reform, Conservative and other non-Orthodox Jews, converts, immigrants, minorities, religiously taboo unions, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, people who don’t meet the religious definition of any faith, or meet the definition of two faiths, and their children. New Family serves families across religious, national, political and geographic boundaries.
The driving spirit behind New Family is Advocate Irit Rosenblum, New Family’s founder and executive director. Irit Rosenblum identified a critical gap in law and human rights-the sphere of family. She broke new ground by pioneering a new practice of family law that creates families without discrimination of faith, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or legal status. She established New Family in 1998 to practice her SocioLegal philosophy of the new family in which every individual has an inalienable human right to establish a family and equality within it.