Religious Freedom

OU Advocacy champions First Amendment guarantees for the religious liberties of individuals and institutions of faith.

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

Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations Applauds Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” Ruling Upholding Religious Liberty in “Obamacare” Mandate

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, applauds today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the “Hobby Lobby” and “Conestoga Wood” cases upholding religious freedom and ruling unconstitutional the Obama Administration’s health care mandate to private employers—requiring them to provide contraceptives and other women’s health services—when the employers’ religious beliefs would be violated by providing such services through their insurance plans.
Read More Posted at June 30, 2014 at 10:54 am

Orthodox Union Welcomes Extension of Iraqi Jewish Archives in the United States

Today, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America – the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization – welcomed the statement of the Government of Iraq, made through its Ambassador in Washington, DC, of its intention to “extend the period which the [Iraqi Jewish Archive] Exhibit may remain in the United States.”
Read More Posted at May 14, 2014 at 3:47 pm
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