In the Courts

OU Advocacy files legal briefs in court cases that impact the Jewish community.

Orthodox Union Praises Decision of US Court of Appeals Dismissing Challenge to Parsonage Allowance

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, praised the decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissing a challenge to the law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances. The Court said that the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the organization behind the lawsuit, did not have the standing to challenge the law.
Read More Posted at November 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Orthodox Union Urges Broad Ruling by U.S. Supreme Court to Reject Limitations on Male Facial Hair in Prison

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, called for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against the Arkansas prison regulations that compel religiously observant men to violate their beliefs and either shave their beards entirely or limit the length of the beard to one half-inch. The high court is scheduled to hear the case in question, Holt v. Hobbs, on Tuesday, October 7.
Read More Posted at October 6, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Orthodox Union Calls on U.S. Court of Appeals to Require Florida Dept. of Corrections to Provide Kosher Food to its Religious Jewish Inmates

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, called for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to reject the Florida Department of Corrections’ appeal claiming that it can refuse to provide kosher food in its prisons on financial grounds.
Read More Posted at October 6, 2014 at 8:07 am

Amicus Curiae Brief: Holt v. Hobbs

The Orthodox Union joined with other leading Jewish organizations to argue that Arkansas prison regulations should not be allowed to compel religiously observant men to violate their beliefs and shave their beards–nor should the regulations be allowed to prohibit beards longer … Continued
Read More Posted at October 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Amicus Curiae Brief: Zivotofsky v. Kerry

The Orthodox Union joined with other leading Jewish organizations on the issue of whether an American citizen who was born in Israel may identify his place of birth as "Israel", rather than "Jerusalem, Israel" on his passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
Read More Posted at July 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm
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