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75% support introduction of civil divorce in Israel

In honor of International Agunah Day 2016, Hiddush, the Center for Women's Justice, and Mavoi Satum commissioned a survey by the Rafi Smith Polling Institute. This survey was conducted with generous support from IREP - the Israel Religious Expression Platform.

75% support introduction of civil divorce in Israel

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Will the Pew Israel Report open our eyes?

Hiddush's initial analysis covers several different findings and methodological choices of the new Pew study.

Will the Pew Israel Report open our eyes?

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The Kotel Agreement – Multiple Perspectives

It’s been three weeks since the dramatic agreement over pluralistic worship at the Kotel was reached with the Reform and Conservative movements and Women of the Wall. The picture that emerges now is fuller and more complex than it seemed when the agreement was approved by the government.

The Kotel Agreement – Multiple Perspectives

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Religious parties declare war against Supreme Court

What is worrisome and characteristic is that yesterday, it was announced that all three religious parties - the ultra-Orthodox Shas and UTJ, and the Zionist Orthodox Jewish Home - have all signed off on Gafni's legislative initiative to undo the Supreme Court ruling giving non-Orthodox converts access to Israel's public mikva'ot.

Religious parties declare war against Supreme Court

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Religious politicians abuse their authority

Education Ministry freezes state budget for non-Orthodox educational programs, and Hiddush presents its advocacy strategy for religious freedom in Israel - how do we most effectively work for change?

Religious politicians abuse their authority

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Marriage freedom by the numbers

This week, Hiddush released its new presentation titled, 'Marriage Freedom in Israel: by the Numbers,' which provides answers to the questions most often asked about the condition of marriage freedom in Israel, and related issues. Shahar Ilan, the Hiddush VP of Research and Information, presented the data at the meeting of the Knesset's Peoplehood, Religion, & State Caucus.

Marriage freedom by the numbers

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IDF concedes - we will implement civil military burials

1) Hiddush demands civil military burial options for non-halakhically Jewish soldiers, 2) The Rabbinate pushes illegal anti-Christmas policy in Israel's hotels, 3) Ministry of Religious Services budget increases by more than 100% in 2015.

IDF concedes - we will implement civil military burials

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Israel's Chief Rabbinate: Coercive and Bigoted

Rabbinate not enforcing its own kashrut regulations - continues to coerce hotels to enforce Shabbat restrictions. Also, Chief Rabbi David Lau speaks out publicly, slamming Conservative and Reform Judaism. Great for Israel-Diaspora relations!

Israel's Chief Rabbinate: Coercive and Bigoted

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Missing: Katniss Everdeen & Haredi IDF recruits

The Cabinet stealthily renews income support for non-working yeshiva students, Katniss Everdeen's image is censored due to ultra-Orthodox extremism, 76% of Jewish Israelis oppose the new Conscription Law amendment...

Missing: Katniss Everdeen & Haredi IDF recruits

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Israeli democracy under fire

Hiddush unearths ultra-Orthodox bill to increase stipends for non-working yeshiva students. The sad thing is - neither MKs from the coalition nor MKs from the opposition spoke out against this publicly. That role fell upon Hiddush once again.

Israeli democracy under fire

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Chief Rabbinate perverting Sukkot with religious bigotry

One year ago, Chief Rabbi Lau preached to the Pope during his visit to Israel, proclaiming Israel's greatness in protection of religious freedom, and now he himself aimed to curtail Christian pilgrim prayer services in the Jerusalem Arena.

Chief Rabbinate perverting Sukkot with religious bigotry

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Hot off the press: the 2015 Israel Religion & State Index

Hiddush is pleased to present the findings of the 2015 Israel Religion and State Index. The good news, illuminated by the Index, is the continually increasing Israeli public support for freedom of religion and equality of burden.

Hot off the press: the 2015 Israel Religion & State Index

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State budget: More $$ for religious institutions

The state budget for yeshivas is expected to grow by 419 million shekels, an increase of some 75%! This is a clear blow to the heart of Israel’s future, and a slap in the voters' faces.

State budget: More $$ for religious institutions

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Hiddush featured by The Times of Israel

Hiddush's promising Supreme Court case was featured by the Times of Israel in July. Read about this, as well as Hiddush's analysis of how Israelis from the Former Soviet Union think about matters of religion and state.

Hiddush featured by The Times of Israel

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Hiddush Battles religious coercion at High Court

Last week, at a Supreme Court hearing for a petition submitted by Hiddush representing ourselves and an ultra-Orthodox citizen of the ultra-Orthodox city of Elad, the Justices set the stage for a critically important confrontation over the clash of religion and state in Israel.

Hiddush Battles religious coercion at High Court

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