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N.c.r.a.c. Opens Four-day Parley Today; Will Discuss Bias

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Problems concerning the fight against anti-Semitism and the protection of civil rights in this country will be discussed at the four-day annual conference of the National Community Relations Advisory Council which opens here tomorrow at the Hotel Ambassador.

The NCRAC is the coordinating body of the American Jewish Congress, Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish War Veterans, the central religious organizations and more than 30 Jewish Community Councils in all parts of the United States. The impact of developments regarding Israel on Jewish community relations in the United States will also be among the subjects discussed at the conference.

The implications of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, declaring unconstitutional segregation in public education, for Jewish communities not only in the South but throughout the nation will be analyzed at length at the conference. The delegates will discuss what should be the role of Jewish community relations agencies in connection with implementation of the decision and the special problems posed in this respect for Jewish communities in the South.

Other problems which the delegates will take up include the question of religion in public education, especially the issue of “released-time” in public schools, religious and joint religious holidays in schools, bible-reading, bible-distribution, prayer recitation, and the wearing of religious garb by public school teachers. Dr. Rolfe Lanier Hunt, leader of the National Council of Churches of Christ, will be the guest speaker at the session tomorrow which will be devoted to problems concerning religion.

The present “political climate” in the United States and how it affects the development and extension of democratic American principles and institutions will be another major issue which the conference will discuss. The delegates will be given a picture of which social and political forces or influences in the United States tend to strengthen American democratic principles and which tend to weaken them.

The activities of the NCRAC during the 10 years of its existence will be reviewed at the parley in lengthy reports by Bernard H. Trager and Isaiah M. Minkoff, chairman and executive director of the organization, respectively.

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