The National Council of Young Israel voted to eliminate a rule barring member synagogues from withdrawing from the franchise.
A New York lawmaker who had strong Orthodox Jewish backing because he rejected a gay rights initiative quit after pleading guilty to charges that he funneled bribes through his gay lover.
The architects of the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem have threatened to resign, two weeks before the scheduled start of construction.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon quit the Likud Party this week to form a new centrist party to compete in early elections expected to take place in March.
Sharon's new party, to be called the National Responsibility Party, is expected to capitalize on mainstream support for his decision to withdraw Israeli soldiers and settlers from the Gaza Strip last August.