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What they say about non-Orthodox Jews

What they say about non-Orthodox Jews

Netanyahu told reporters in New York that the Reform and Conservative movements wanted to get recognition “via the backdoor, secretly, under the pretext of a technical clause of joint administration of the Western Wall.”


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Did The Global Jewish Forum on Haredim Face the Facts?

Did The Global Jewish Forum on Haredim Face the Facts?

The Jewish Agency and Makom opened the conversation on the impact of ultra-Orthodoxy on Israel and on the Jewish People as a whole, but did they give their participants a full picture?

Chaim Weizmann's warning

Chaim Weizmann's warning

Chaim Weizman, Israel’s first president, warned in 1949 of the impending culture clash that would face the State of Israel: “We must have a clear line of demarcation between legitimate religious aspirations and the duty of the State towards preserving such aspirations on the one hand, and on the other hand the lust for power which is sometimes exhibited by pseudo-religious groups”.

83% of Jewish Israelis want change in housing subsidies

83% of Jewish Israelis want change in housing subsidies

83% of Jewish Israelis believe housing subsidies should follow the recommendations of the Trajtenberg Committee, as opposed to current policies which overwhelmingly favor the ultra-Orthodox population.

82% of Israeli Jews support a law of mandatory conscription for yeshiva students

82% of Israeli Jews support a law of mandatory conscription for yeshiva students

68% of Israeli Jews support denying subsidies to those who don’t serve in the army, 69% support the Supreme Court decision to invalidate the Tal Law*, and 82% support passing a law that would force most yeshiva students to enlist.

All time high in yeshiva student numbers: about 114,000

All time high in yeshiva student numbers: about 114,000

How many new publicly funded yeshiva students have there been in the past two year? The answer: 11,000. And how many new yeshiva students have either enlisted in the army or national service increased by only 500.

Hiddush commends Supreme Court ruling on Tal Law

Hiddush commends Supreme Court ruling on Tal Law

Today’s historic Supreme Court ruling, by a majority of 6:3, voided the “Tal Law” and said mass exemption of Yeshiva students from military service must be stopped

Hiddush presents: Exclude the Excluders!

Hiddush presents: Exclude the Excluders!

Director of Hiddush, Rabbi Uri Regev: "No more will women be excluded from the public sphere. We can no longer stand with those who promote the exclusion of women, the time has come to for a civil governmental coalition without those who exclude."

15,000% Growth in army exemptions for yeshiva students since 1948

15,000% Growth in army exemptions for yeshiva students since 1948

Number of current yeshiva students receiving deferments estimated at 58,000. Hiddush President Adv. Rabbi Uri Regev: “Any extension of the Tal Law does a huge disservice to the proud concept of the Peoples’ Army. The public will not tolerate continued discrimination in favor of the ultra-Orthodox; any extension will see great consequences in the next election.”

Women only 5 percent of religious councils

Women only 5 percent of religious councils

Only one woman was appointed as a member of a religious council in 2011. Not a single council chair is female. Hiddush President, Rabbi Uri Regev: The horrific discrimination against women on religious councils only provides more proof that they must be eliminated and their responsibilities transferred to local authorities.

Rabbi Regev says: Torpedo Netanyahu’s extension to the Tal Law

Rabbi Regev says: Torpedo Netanyahu’s extension to the Tal Law

The Tal Law, which intended to provide ultra-Orthodox men a means to fulfill military or civil service, has been called “a miserable farce” by MK Nitzan Horowitz. Rabbi Regev says “Any extension in the law beyond a year will be rewarding the law’s failure and encourage draft dodging.”

Hiddush Poll: 43% of the Israeli Jewish public support Lapid’s entry into political life

Hiddush Poll: 43% of the Israeli Jewish public support Lapid’s entry into political life

34% of the respondents said they are very likely or somewhat likely to vote for a new party that will advance religious freedom and the equal shouldering of civic responsibilities. Hiddush president, Rabbi Uri Regev: “There is great eagerness among Israelis for a new political leader that will focus on religious freedom and equality”.

Attempt to allow voluntary segregation of buses fails

Attempt to allow voluntary segregation of buses fails

A bus was delayed half an hour after a woman refused to give in to ultra-Orthodox demans to sit in the back. CEO of Hiddush, Rabbi Uri Regev says: Ultra-Orthodox zealots enforce bus segregation with violence

Hiddush Poll: 78% of the Jewish Israelis support recommendations of the Trajtenberg Committee

Hiddush Poll: 78% of the Jewish Israelis support recommendations of the Trajtenberg Committee

78% of the Jewish population of Israel support the recommendations of the Trajtenberg committee dealing with integrating ultra-Orthodox men into the work force, enforcing core curriculum, and limiting funding for yeshivas

Social justice, religious freedom and the tent protests

Social justice, religious freedom and the tent protests

Protest leaders did their utmost to stick to economic demands.

Trajtenberg Committee Recommends Compulsory core curriculum, limiting the study of young men in yeshiva.

Trajtenberg Committee Recommends Compulsory core curriculum, limiting the study of young men in yeshiva.

The Trajtenberg Committee, appointed by the Prime Minister to address the public’s concern on socio-economic issues, has released its findings. They have made bold recommendations, asking to require ultra-Orthodox schools to utilize core curriculum, and limit publicly funded yeshiva study to five years except in the case of prodigies. CEO Rabbi Uri Regev called for Netanyahu to implement the recommendations in full and stave off pressures from ultra-Orthodox political parties.

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