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Three battle fronts: The Kotel, Conversion, and Shabbat

Three battle fronts: The Kotel, Conversion, and Shabbat

Israel's religion and state conflict is viewed as a key component of shaping Israel's path. Recent days have provided us with a good cross section of the scope, depth, motivations, impact, and potential consequences of this ongoing saga.


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"Israeli public schools will be able to choose non-Orthodox rabbis and lecturers to serve as Jewish educators for their students"

Hiddush reminds Education Minister Shai Piron of his commitment to Jewish pluralism to ensure public secular schools have a free choice in hiring Jewish educators

2013 Religion and State Index

2013 Religion and State Index

In the fifth consecutive Religion and State Index, there is a noticeable rise in support for non-Orthodox marriages and conversions. A majority of Israelis support equal recognition of Reform and Conservative Rabbis.

To Reach Diaspora, Make Israel Welcoming to All Jews

To Reach Diaspora, Make Israel Welcoming to All Jews

In a Jewish Daily Forward op-ed, Rabbi Uri Regev writes that Israeli and American Jewish leadership's blind eye to religious freedom in Israel will endanger Israel's relationship with the next generation of American Jewry.

A rapidly growing number of Israelis support Jewish pluralism and equality in Israel

A rapidly growing number of Israelis support Jewish pluralism and equality in Israel

The 2013 Religion and State Index look at the standing of Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel for the first time. The results were surprisingly optimistic and show that more and more Israelis see the need to recognize all major Jewish denominations.

Hiddush advocates for religious freedom in the Davis Cup

Hiddush advocates for religious freedom in the Davis Cup

Israeli Tennis Association agreed to compensate the Beligan Tennis Association more than $13,000 to avoid playing on Yom Kippur. Rabbi Uri Regev: The tournament scheduling must respect freedom of religious expression.

Hiddush petitions to the Supreme Court against rabbinical courts' excommunication practices

Hiddush petitions to the Supreme Court against rabbinical courts' excommunication practices

In a landmark case, Hiddush petitioned to the Israeli Supreme Court on behalf of an ultra-Orthodox resident of Elad to annul the writ of refusal issued by a rabbinical court for filing a case in Israel's civil courts.

Latest arrests of Women of the Wall Continue Despicable Tradition

Latest arrests of Women of the Wall Continue Despicable Tradition

10 women from Women of the Wall were detained for interrogation after finishing their prayers at the Kotel in honor of the new Jewish month.

80% of the Jewish public supports establishing a civil government coalition

80% of the Jewish public supports establishing a civil government coalition

Rafi Smith Research Institute to Hiddush: 80% of the Jewish public in Israel support establishing a civil government coalition that will advance the agenda of religious freedom and equality.

Hiddush Original: Don’t Push me to the Back of the Bus!

Hiddush Original: Don’t Push me to the Back of the Bus!

Marking International Human Rights Day on December 10th, Hiddush released a short film in protest, featuring Israeli Artists celebrities called “Don’t push me to the back of the bus!”

Hiddush's Annual Israel Religion and State Index: 2012

Hiddush's Annual Israel Religion and State Index: 2012

Support for religious freedom rises to 85%, 67% say Haredi MKs distance public from Judaism, 76% dissatisfied with government policies on religion

Arresting WOW Leaders isn't the Answer

Arresting WOW Leaders isn't the Answer

On October 16th, Anat Hoffman of "Women of the Wall" was arrested as she led a monthly Rosh Hodesh prayer service at the Western Wall. On November 15th, six WOW leaders were detained. It's time to face the bigger picture.

What they are saying about non-Orthodox Judaism and rabbis: A Compilation of Quotes

What they are saying about non-Orthodox Judaism and rabbis: A Compilation of Quotes

Hiddush exposes the hate speech that continues to inform policy, leading to continued discrimination of non-Orthodox Jews.

What some MKs are actually saying about Reform rabbis

What some MKs are actually saying about Reform rabbis

In the excitement of Israel's first step toward recognition of non-Orthodox rabbis, these appointments were met with disturbing reactions by both ultra-Orthodox and National Religious political leaders.

Hiddush VP testifies: No partner in ultra-Orthodox leadership

Hiddush VP testifies: No partner in ultra-Orthodox leadership

Hiddush Vice President Shahar Ilan testified last week before the Plesner Committee on Equal Sharing of Civic Burdens. “Anyone who thinks there is a respected ultra-Orthodox authority who is ready to encourage yeshiva students to serve should suggest him. Even Rav Shteinman, presented as a moderate, leads the fight against compulsory service."

Mofaz and Netanyahu unity government must promote equality

Mofaz and Netanyahu unity government must promote equality

Amid the shocking news of the Netanyahu and Mofaz unity government, it is critical "to take advantage of having a clear civil majority in the coalition to advance the recommendations of the Trajtenberg Committee", and promote true equality in Israel.

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