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American Council for Judaism School Established in Indianapolis

The Jewish Educational Association board, after a stormy, five-hour session, has granted permission for the use of its facilities by the “School for Reform Judaism” — a new institution with a curriculum based on the program of the American Council for Judaism.

Permission to use the JEA building was granted on condition that the JEA would have the right to supervise the school, that the school’s educational program would include nothing “offensive to the rest of the Jewish Community or segments thereof,” and that the leasing of the facilities is not to be considered as “acceptance, approval or endorsement of the organization.”

Much of the debate on the grant of the school facilities centered on the program and policies of the Council for Judaism and several speakers bitterly assailed its campaign against Israel. According to a circular sent parents of prospective students, “the child will be taught Judaism free of ‘Jewish nationalism’ and with proper regard for all his fellowmen and fellow Jews wherever they may be – whether in America, Israel or elsewhere.”

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