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Jewish groups expressed mixed reactions to the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. “Judge Alito’s victory opens the door to the erosion of essential rights including civil rights, civil liberties, the separation of religion and state, and reproductive freedom,” said Phyllis Snyder, president of the National Council of Jewish Women. The organization, along with the Union for Reform Judaism, opposed Alito’s nomination. Alito received the endorsement of Agudath Israel of America, and other Orthodox leaders are expecting to attend a ceremony for him at the White House on Wednesday.

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