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Excluding non-Orthodox and non-Jewish from municipality website is illegal!

Excluding non-Orthodox and non-Jewish from municipality website is illegal!

Hiddush – For Religious Freedom and Equality submitted a petition to court, challenging the Jerusalem Municipality’s illegal exclusion of those synagogues that represent Reform, Conservative, egalitarian Orthodox, and other independent Jewish communities, as well as non-Jewish religious institutions (primarily Muslim and Christian) from the “Religion and Tradition” section of the municipal website, which only includes information about Orthodox synagogues and institutions.


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Vision Statement: Israel as a Jewish democratic state

Vision Statement: Israel as a Jewish democratic state

The following statement is issued by a diverse group of Jews in Israel and the Diaspora*, all of whom greatly admire and appreciate the tremendous achievements of the State of Israel. We, who are committed to Israel’s growing strength and vitality, as well as its bonds with world Jewry, hold that Israel's unfulfilled promise of complete freedom of religion and conscience can no longer be left to politics alone.

Political parties’ commitment to religious freedom will help at polls

Political parties’ commitment to religious freedom will help at polls

The formula for success in Israel’s March ’20 elections: Declare your party’s commitment to the fight for religious freedom & equality. 54% of the Israeli Jewish public responded that such a commitment by the parties running for election would increase the likelihood of their voting for those parties.

One of every Seven Jerusalem children attend unregistered schools!

One of every Seven Jerusalem children attend unregistered schools!

In violation of the law and ignoring both the Ministry of Education and the Jerusalem Municipality - more than 40,000 children in Jerusalem study in schools that operate without licenses! Hiddush and Jerusalem City Council Member Dr. Laura Wharton petitioned the Supreme Court, demanding that Israel’s law of compulsory education be enforced in the city.

Chief Rabbi Yosef calls immigrants to Israel non-Jewish communists

Chief Rabbi Yosef calls immigrants to Israel non-Jewish communists

Almost every news broadcast in recent days, whether on radio or television, has included a segment on the scandalous statements made by Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, denigrating the olim from the former Soviet Union, as well as the numerous public and political reactions to his vile, violent message.

Survey: recognition of non-Jewish family members under Law of Return

Survey: recognition of non-Jewish family members under Law of Return

62% of Israel’s adult Jewish public does not consider religious conversion through the Chief Rabbinate as a necessary condition for recognizing the Jewishness of immigrants who are the family members of Jews but whose mothers are not Jewish.

The number of non-Jewish family members making Aliyah

The number of non-Jewish family members making Aliyah

Hiddush's publication of Israel's immigration numbers of non-Jewish family members under the Law of Return, as provided by the Population and Immigration Authority [PIA] in response to our Freedom of Information demands, caused quite the media storm this week. This resulted in the Authority retracting from their own data, and changing it drastically.

6 out of 7 Israeli immigrants not recognized as Jews

6 out of 7 Israeli immigrants not recognized as Jews

6 out of 7 immigrants to Israel in recent years - are not considered Jews according to Halacha (Jewish religious law). These data come from the Population and Immigration Authority’s response to Hiddush’s Freedom of Information Act request.

Where are Israeli Jews now on Religion & State?

Where are Israeli Jews now on Religion & State?

The “Status Quo” is an affront to the will of the public: 63% want a civil unity government; 71% support public transportation on the Sabbath; 69% support establishing civil marriage and divorce in Israel

Drugging yeshiva students to curb sexuality

Drugging yeshiva students to curb sexuality

A scandalous and, in all likelihood, criminal relationship exists between key ultra-Orthodox circles on the one hand and a number of psychiatrists on the other.

Hiddush survey for International Human Rights Day

Hiddush survey for International Human Rights Day

The right to freedom of movement: 71% support public transportation on Saturday. The right to family: 69% support civil marriage in Israel. Most of the Jewish public in Israel supports the operation of public transportation on Saturdays and the establishment of civil marriage in Israel. This is not just politics. It’s about violations of basic human rights.

63% of Israeli public wants a civil unity government

63% of Israeli public wants a civil unity government

The public’s position remains stable and very, very clear: 63% of Israel’s adult Jewish public wants a civil unity government, which will promote religious freedom and equality, and which will not be dependent upon the religious parties, nor submit to their demands on issues of religion and state.

Hiddush demands: IDF, bring back family visitations on Saturdays!

Hiddush demands: IDF, bring back family visitations on Saturdays!

Following dozens of information requests regarding the forbiddance of family visitations to IDF bases on Saturdays, two NGOs turned to the IDF. Hiddush – For Religious Freedom and Equality and the Secular Forum demanded that the IDF permit family visitations on Saturday, and the IDF responded: “We shall form a team to formulate a picture of the situation and provide recommendations.”

2019 Israel Religion & State Index and post-election survey

2019 Israel Religion & State Index and post-election survey

84% Adult Israeli Jews support religious freedom and equality of civic burden; 74% oppose government’s activities in religion-state; 63% want a civil coalition, which does not depend on the ultra-Orthodox parties and advances religious freedom and equality; 64% support equal status for the non-Orthodox Jewish streams and Diaspora Jewish engagement in advancing religious freedom and equality in Israel; wide support (62%-84%) for the principles of the Vision Statement on Israel as Jewish and democratic state.

64% Israeli Jews want broad civil coalition, without Haredi parties

64% Israeli Jews want broad civil coalition, without Haredi parties

53% say they are more likely to vote for a party that commits to promote religious freedom and equality of civic burden. 66% say that it is important for them that the party they will vote for advance these values.

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