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June 27, 2012

Reform congregations in Hungary turn to court for recognition

http://www.jewishjournal.com/religion/article/reform_congregations_in_hungary_turn_to_court_for_recognition_20120627

The European Union for Progressive Judaism and Hungary’s two Reform congregations took their case against Hungary’s new law on religion to the European Court of Human Rights in The Hague.

The two synagogues, Sim Shalom and Bet Orim, said in a statement that they had submitted an application Tuesday to the court “concerning the violation of their human rights” caused by the “Church Law.” The new law, which became effective Jan. 1, grants official recognition to three streams of Judaism in Hungary: Neolog (Hungarian Conservative), Orthodox and Status-quo (associated with Chabad-Lubavitch) congregations.

“As a consequence of the entry in force of the Act, the ‘church’ status of the Hungarian [Reform] congregations was revoked,” the statement said.

The two Reform communities contend that the new law is “illegal” and “discriminatory,” the statement said, and had already called on the Hungarian Constitutional Court to annul it.

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