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Judaism branch opposes nomination of Alito

HOUSTON — The largest branch of North American Judaism voted on Sunday to oppose Samuel Alito's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

More than 2,000 delegates of the Union for Reform Judaism adopted a resolution saying Alito would "shift the ideological balance of the Supreme Court on matters of core concern to the reform movement" on abortion rights, women's rights, civil rights and the scope of federal power.

The vote came at the closing session of the group's biennial convention, which was held in Houston Wednesday through Sunday.