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Jewish groups urge public funding for private schools ahead of Supreme Court case

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Several Jewish groups have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of a case that could determine whether public funding could be given to parochial schools for secular education. In Carson V. Makin, parents of parochial-school students argued...
Israeli security forces guard as a group of Jewish visitors on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, during Tisha B'Av, July 18, 2021. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90

Why is support for ‘freedom of worship for Jews’ on the Temple Mount so...

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Maybe it was just the product of the ongoing civil war between the different political parties on the Israeli right. Or maybe it was just time that an Israeli prime minister said something that,...
Close-up of three kosher steaks. Credit: BublikHaus/Shutterstock.

Will the war on kashrut merge with the war on meat?

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Many Americans spent their Fourth of July holiday at barbecues with family and friends. For observant Jews, that meant that plenty of kosher hot dogs and hamburgers were grilled and consumed as the country’s...
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, Nov. 18, 2006. Credit: Cédric Puisney via Wikimedia Commons.

EU court upholds Belgian ban on kosher ritual slaughter

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The European Court of Justice upheld a Belgian ban on religious slaughter, including kosher ritual slaughter without stunning, in a ruling released on Thursday. The E.U. court ruled that the laws requiring animals to be stunned enable “a fair...
European Parliament president David Sassoli. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

European Parliament head calls for unity ‘against religious discrimination’

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European Parliament president David Sassoli told the Conference of European Rabbis (CER), the primary rabbinical alliance in Europe, on Wednesday that amid “the devastating rise of terrorist attacks in many European nations … we...
U.S. Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism Elan Carr and Dr. Shaikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, chairman of the board of trustees of the King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence in Bahrain, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on combating anti-Semitism at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23, 2020. Photo by Jackson Richman/JNS.

US, Bahrain sign MOU to combat anti-Semitism and pledge to fight religious intolerance

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The United States and Bahrain signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on combating anti-Semitism. In a small ceremony at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C., the three-year MOU, which will be eligible for...
European Court of Justice Advocate General Gerard Hogan. Source: Facebook.

EU court adviser calls for Belgian ritual-slaughter ban to be struck down

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The European Court of Justice should strike down a Belgian ban on kosher ritual slaughter without stunning, said an advocate general for the European Union’s highest court on Thursday. Gerard Hogan cited that the 2009 E.U. law...
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Jewish groups react to Supreme Court ruling protecting religious freedoms in hiring

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Jewish groups expressed mixed reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday after it considered multiple cases on protection for religious schools against employment discrimination claims. Writing for the 7-2 majority in the combination...
Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog speaks during the Public Forum Conference on Nov. 15, 2018. Credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Herzog calls Belgian ritual-slaughter ban ‘infringement’ of religious freedom

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Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog sent a letter on Monday to the president of the Belgian regional parliament of Wallonia in an appeal to lift the ban on kosher ritual slaughter without stunning in...