Woman to be First Chareidi Surrogate Mother


newbornFor the first time in Eretz Yisroel, a chareidi woman will serve as a surrogate mother, after receiving authorization to do so from a rov, according to a Yediot Achronot report. The woman, a widowed mother from southern Israel, started making inquiries about the possibility of becoming a surrogate mother several years ago, seeking to help a childless couple bring a baby into the world. But the woman was concerned of her neighbors’ reactions, and asked the Institute of Fertility and Medicine According to Halacha to arrange a halachic approval from a rov explaining her condition.Rabbi Menachem Borshtein, head of the institute, said that such an approval was given by Rav Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg shlit”a, and this gave the woman the green light to continue with the procedure.

“She received the authorization of the Health Ministry’s special committee, and after we found a suitable couple, the procedure is scheduled to start soon,” said Rabbi Borshtein.

The couple in question has been trying to have a child for 12 years. Since they are chareidi themselves, they were thrilled to learn that the surrogate mother is chareidi as well.

“We are delighted that in the next nine months the baby will grow into an atmosphere of sanctity and purity in the womb of a Jewish mother. We are very excited and hope that, im yirtzeh Hashem, this will be the solution for the years of suffering we have endured,” they said.

While the woman said she was motivated by the desire to help others, money certainly played part in her decision. The price tag of a “surrogacy package” stands at $50,000, with half the sum going directly to the surrogate mother.

“Currently 95% of the egg donations received come from abroad,” said Prof. Arye Hurwitz, head of the IVF Unit at Hadassah Har Hatzofim Medical Center. “Passing a law that will expand the circle of donors and donations could make the treatment accessible for those who cannot currently afford it or for those who want the egg to come from a Jewish mother,” he added.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. i agree with anonymous its a wonderful thing… and i wish them much hatzlacha and yiddeshe nachas, but is it really necessary to publish this?