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Ohio passes religious freedom bill supported by Jewish community

New law mandates that high schools accommodate religious beliefs during sporting events, including clothing and head coverings.

Ohio passes religious freedom bill supported by Jewish community

Jewish orgs slam Biden's anti-Israel pick for religious freedom body

Biden's choice of "hostile-to-Israel" Sharon Kleinbaum for U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom denounced as problematic.

Jewish orgs slam WH anti-Israel pick for religious freedom body

US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito: Religious liberties are under attack

Justice Alito describes how curbs on individual liberty imposed during 2020 were "previously unimaginable."

US Supreme Court Justice: Religious liberties are under attack

Rabbis thank President Trump

13 prominent American rabbis sign letter thanking US President Donald Trump for calling religious institutions 'essential' during pandemic.

Rabbis thank President Trump

NC House candidate wants to support freedom of religion

North Carolina House candidate invoked Oskar Schindler while pushing to ensure freedom of religion.

NC House candidate wants to support freedom of religion

Pence: Religious persecution happens in free countries, too

US VP Pence cites attacks on European Jews to make a point about bigotry.

Pence: Religious persecution happens in free countries, too

Rabbinical group praises Masterpiece Cakeshop decision

Coalition for Jewish Values praises Supreme Court decision allowing baker to refuse to bake custom cake for same-sex wedding.

Rabbinical group praises Masterpiece Cakeshop decision

Rabbis welcome US directives on religious liberty

US Orthodox rabbis, OU, praise Trump Administration directives to protect religious rights and rights of unborn children able to feel pain.

Rabbis welcome US directives on religious liberty

Agudath Israel US joins court brief to support religious liberty

'If the court accepts our legal position, it would establish an important precedent that would protect religious freedom for all Americans.'

Agudath Israel US joins court brief to support religious liberty

Orthodox group to US Supreme Court: Don't end religious freedom

Agudath Israel warns Supreme Court case of baker who refused to bake for gay wedding could lead to greater loss of religious freedom.

Orthodox group to US Supreme Court: Don't end religious freedom

Trump taps Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as religious freedom envoy

Gov. Brownback has a long history of cooperation with Jewish community on issues of religious freedom, is an outspoken supporter of Israel.

Trump taps Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as religious freedom envoy

Obama's religious freedom report slams Muslims

Obama administration’s final report on religious freedoms focuses on oppressive blasphemy laws and societal norms in Muslim countries.

Obama's final religious freedom report slams Muslim blasphemy

'Want to be observant? Not in our town!’

Resident of Kfar Bilu claims local committee refuses to erect an eruv fearing ‘religious take-over.’ Council response: not true.

'Want to be observant? Not in our town!’

NY Judge Allows Kapparot Ritual Despite Lawsuit

Animal rights group claim 2,000 year-old ritual, in which chickens are given to the poor, is a 'public nuisance' and 'animal cruelty.'

NY Judge Allows Kapparot Ritual Despite Animal Rights Suit

Temple Mount: Prof. Had to Sign 'No Prayer' Pledge

As the price for his being allowed onto the Temple Mount, Professor Yoel Elitzur had to sign a 'no-praying' promise for police.

Professor Had to Sign 'No Prayer' Contract to Visit Temple Mount

US Supreme Court Allows Prayer at Gov't Meetings

Close vote deems prayer with Jesus's name 'constitutional', with 5 for and 4 against.

US Supreme Court Allows Prayer at Government Meetings

China Urged to Allow Synagogue Access

Amid Jewish revival in China, US House Majority Leader to advocate for religious freedom during state visit.

China Urged to Allow Jews Access to Synagogue Services

Canada: Jewish Groups Against Bill 60

Bill to outlaw religious symbols in the public sphere subject of ongoing criticism from religious groups; CIJA, CJA push for recall.

Canadian Jewish Groups Announce Initiative Against Bill 60

Secular Upset at Canceled ‘Stay Religious’ Program

Media, opposition upset over Jerusalem program to keep young women religious. City: It’s already been canceled.

Secular Upset over Canceled ‘Stay Religious’ Program

For the First Time, Religious ‘Status Quo’ Out

For the first time in Israel’s history, the coalition agreement does not include a commitment to the religious-secular “status quo.”

For the First Time, Religious ‘Status Quo’ Out of Government

Video: PM Pledges to Ensure Religious Freedom

Netanyahu: "Israel is proud of its record of religious tolerance and pluralism, and will continue to protect freedom of religion for all."

Video: Netanyahu Pledges to Ensure Religious Freedomplayer

Canadian Party to Ban Religious Headgear

A Quebec party is planning to ban public employees from wearing religious headgear, including kippahs.

Canadian Party to Ban Religious Headgear

Jews March to 'Wear Kippot, Not Hide in Bags'

Hundreds of Orthodox Jews wearing kippot marched in Swedish city of Malmo protesting against the recent rise in anti-Semitism.

Jews March to 'Wear Kippot on Heads, Not Hide in Bags'

US Congressmen Call to Protect Right to Circumcise

20 Congressmen express ‘deep concern’ over threat to circumcision in Germany, call to protect religious circumcision by law.

US Congressmen Call to Protect Right to Circumcise

George Washington Scorned Bigotry in Jewish Letter

A letter against bigotry and written by George Washington to the Jewish community will be featured at an exhibit for religious freedom.

George Washington Attacked Bigotry in Letter to Jewish Community