Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hungarian Reform Jewish Congregations Challenge Non-Recognition In European Court

Jewish Journal reported from Hungary that the European Union for Progressive Judaism and Hungary’s two Reform Jewish congregations on Tuesday submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights contending that Hungary's new Church Law is illegal and discriminatory. Hungary's Constitutional Court has already rejected their claims. Under the Hungarian law, which took effect on January 1, 3 other branches of Judaism are granted official recognition, but the Reform movement is not.  The law recognizes Neolog (Hungarian Conservative), Orthodox and Status-quo (associated with Chabad-Lubavitch) congregations. (Background.)