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American Jews, concerned for the maintenance of American religious freedoms and for the strengthening of the public school system, are committed to preservation of the principle of separation of Church and State and are opposed to religious worship or observance in the public schools, speakers at a four-state regional conference of Jewish community relations organizations here stressed. Most of the 100 persons present at the parley, where no resolutions were offered, agreed with the speakers on this issue.

The conference was the first in a projected series of regional meetings sponsored by the joint advisory committee of the National Community Relations Advisory Council and the Synagogue Council of America and community relations councils in the respective areas. The purposes of the regional meetings are to extend the committee’s educational campaign on the Church-State question; to review community experience in that area, and to clarify the issue of joint holiday observances–such as Christman-Chanukah–in the public schools.

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