After the Supreme Court ruled that Yeshiva University must allow an LGBTQ group to form, it decided to suspend all clubs on its Jewish campus. YU is America’s oldest Jewish institution of higher education.
The 5-4 ruling was meant to force the university’s hand, but Yeshiva was unwilling to compromise its religious beliefs despite the verdict. The announcement was made via email to students.
It read in part:
“Considering the upcoming Chagim the university will hold off on all undergraduate club activities while it immediately takes steps to follow the roadmap provided by the US Supreme Court to protect YU’s religious freedom.”
Chagim is the Hebrew word for Jewish high holidays, with Rosh Hashanah starting on the evening of September 25 and continuing through Simchat Torah on October 18.
The university has not said whether or not the suspension is permanent.
YU president Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman said in a statement:
“Every faith-based university in the country has the right to work with its students, including its LGBTQ students, to establish the clubs, places and spaces that fit within its faith tradition. Yeshiva University simply seeks that same right of self-determination. The Supreme Court has laid out the roadmap for us to find expedited relief, and we will follow their instructions. At the same time, as our commitment to and love for our LGBTQ students are unshakable, we continue to extend our hand in invitation to work together to create a more inclusive campus life consistent with our Torah values.”
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