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Hiddush files petition against Minister Aryeh Deri

Hiddush files petition against Minister Aryeh Deri

An administrative petition was filed at the Jerusalem District Court this week against the Interior Minister, the Population Authority, and the Attorney General, who refuse to register some 150 Israeli couples who have been legally married via web conferencing in Utah County, Utah, USA. The petition was filed by Hiddush – For Religious Freedom & Equality, 9 of the couples married online via Utah County, and 2 Utah rabbis, Samuel Spector and Dr. David Levinsky.


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Chief Rabbi Lau's blatant anti-pluralism hypocrisy

Chief Rabbi Lau's blatant anti-pluralism hypocrisy

Last week, Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau publicly rebuked Naftali Bennett, Israel’s minister of education and Diaspora affairs. Bennett’s religious sin, per Lau, was visiting the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, and tweeting an enthusiastic reflection of the school and the love for Israel and Judaism that he had seen there.

Chief Rabbi Lau publicly anti-Diaspora Judaism

Chief Rabbi Lau publicly anti-Diaspora Judaism

It is difficult to conceive of a greater contradiction than that between Chief Rabbi David Lau’s outrageous statement last week, lashing out at Education Minister Naftali Bennett’s visit to the Conservative Movement’s Schechter School in Manhattan, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s welcome declaration at last month’s General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, where he stated that he would “ensure that all Jews – Reform, Conservative and Orthodox – feel at home in Israel.”

The American Jewish Committee workshop: A step of exceptional importance

The American Jewish Committee workshop: A step of exceptional importance

The American Jewish Committee brought together leaders and scholars from America and Israel to form a strategic path towards freedom of religion in Israel and equality between Israeli and Diaspora Jewry.

What Jewish leaders need to know: Israel’s marriage laws are discriminatory

What Jewish leaders need to know: Israel’s marriage laws are discriminatory

Israel's Chief Rabbinate disregards and disrespects Jewish leaders and their communities around the world. Israel must end their monopoly and embrace its promise for “freedom of religion and conscience... and equality” as a blueprint for a modern democratic Jewish state.

Media Review: A significant rise in reporting on Israel's marriage crisis

Media Review: A significant rise in reporting on Israel's marriage crisis

In the past few months, thanks to cooperative efforts between Hiddush and other like-minded organizations in Israel and America, the issue of freedom of marriage has been extensively covered in Israeli and international media.

Civil Marriage in Israel: An issue of global concern and action

Civil Marriage in Israel: An issue of global concern and action

As more Jewish organizations and communities in Israel and the Diapsora work together to promote freedom of marriage in Israel, the greater the chances that Israeli policymakers will understand the need for civil marriage in Israel.

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