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Israel Religion & State Index 2017

Israel Religion & State Index 2017

65% of the Jewish Israeli public supports granting equal official status to the three largest streams of world Jewry. A majority supports the involvement of Diaspora Jewry in promoting freedom of religion and equality in Israel. 65% of the Jewish Israeli public believes that the Nation-State Bill should anchor the guarantee of freedom of religion and conscience in law.


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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.

MK Eichler: Reform Jews worse than Arabs

MK Eichler: Reform Jews worse than Arabs

Hiddush CEO, Rabbi Uri Regev: Eichler’s behavior reveals the sad truth of the ultra-Orthodox parties in the Israeli Knesset is deep hatred of the other, simply because they are other.

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."

US State Department warns tourists against “immodest dress”

US State Department warns tourists against “immodest dress”

Updated travel guidelines from the US State Department reflect growing concern about violence against women for their dress.

What was Eli Yishai thinking?

What was Eli Yishai thinking?

Eli Yishai's recent comparison of the Six Day War and the Second Lebanon War were not only offensive, they were just plain incorrect.

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

ADL denounces ultra-Orthodox spitting at Christian clergymen

ADL denounces ultra-Orthodox spitting at Christian clergymen

The ADL reached out to Chief Rabbis Amar and Metzger, asking them to condemn violent acts from their ultra-Orthodox constituents toward Christian clergy

Human Rights Day in Israel

Human Rights Day in Israel

As we reflect on Human Rights Day, we are reminded of the dire need of Israel to acknowledge its failure in ensuring those promised in both the International Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration of Independence of Israel itself.

Jeffrey Goldberg shows “How Israel Can Stop Alienating American Jews”

Jeffrey Goldberg shows “How Israel Can Stop Alienating American Jews”

Jeffrey Goldberg suggests several ideas as to “How Israel Can Stop Alienating American Jews”, including showing respect for diverse Jewish expression and ending ultra-Orthodox discrimination

Hiddush outraged by possibility of all-male committee for Rabbinic appointment

Hiddush outraged by possibility of all-male committee for Rabbinic appointment

Suggested appointments for the Committee for Rabbinical Judges would leave the committee without female members, exacerbating and intensifying the already gender-discriminatory rabbinic court system

Tzohar Rabbis Disingenuous In Their Campaign

Tzohar Rabbis Disingenuous In Their Campaign

Tzohar’s “victory for the Jewish People” is not in keeping with the pluralistic reality of the Jewish community in the United States from whom they have requested support.

91% of Jewish religious population: Gender segregation is distortion of Judaism.

91% of Jewish religious population: Gender segregation is distortion of Judaism.

According to a survey by the Smith Institute for Hiddush, 89% of the Jewish public in Israel sees recent controversies over gender segregation in the streets of Mea Shearim and on bus lines as a distortion of Judaism (42%) or extremely unnecessary (47%).

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