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Orthodox Union Statement on Supreme Court’s Ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges

Today, the leadership of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America issued the following statement:

“In response to the decisions announced today by the United States Supreme Court with reference to the issue of legal recognition of same sex marriage, we reiterate the historical position of the Jewish faith, enunciated unequivocally in our Bible, Talmud and Codes, which forbids homosexual relationships and condemns the institutionalization of such relationships as marriages. Our religion is emphatic in defining marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman. Our beliefs in this regard are unalterable. At the same time, we note that Judaism teaches respect for others and we condemn discrimination against individuals.

Read More Posted at June 26, 2015 at 10:15 am

If We Want Freedom of Worship, Then We Need Freedom from Fear, by Nathan Diament

News of last week’s terror attack — and that’s what it was — at the Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that left nine dead during a Bible study session has rightfully yielded both our outrage and our sorrow. In the African American community it has sounded echoes of the bleakest days of the 1960s. In the Jewish community, it called to mind scenes like the more recent terror attacks on a synagogue in Jerusalem and a Jewish school in France.

Read More Posted at June 24, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Orthodox Union Applauds Senate Subcommittee Boost To DHS Security Grants to Nonprofits

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauded the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Homeland Security for approving a proposal to increase the funding allocation for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) to $25 million for Fiscal Year 2016.

Read More Posted at June 16, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Orthodox Union Expresses Disappointment in Supreme Court Striking Down Jerusalem Passport Law

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, expressed disappointment with this morning’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a law permitting U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem to have “Israel” listed as their birthplace in their U.S. passport. The ruling was 6-3 in the case of Zivotofsky v. Kerry.

Read More Posted at June 8, 2015 at 11:34 am

National OU Leaders Meet with U.S. Leaders in DC, Focus on Iran and Key Domestic Concerns

With less than a month remaining until the June 30 deadline for a deal between the U.S. and its allies and the Iranian regime, U.S. Senators and Representatives as well as White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough insisted—throughout Wednesday’s Orthodox Union Leadership Mission in Washington, D.C.—that any deal with Iran must be verifiable and prevent the regime from developing nuclear weapons.

Read More Posted at June 4, 2015 at 12:36 pm
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