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Jews in Ontario Oppose Religious Education in Public Schools

The Jewish community of Port Colborne, Ontario, has made representations to the school authorities opposing the introduction of religious education in the public schools. A similar proposal was made some eight years ago, but was eventually dropped.

The Jewish position on the proposal, raised by the local ministerial association, is that religious instruction will raise the question of “differences” among children of the various faiths and as such will cause segregation or embarrassment of the children of minority groups. Advising the local community in this problem is the National Joint Public Relations Committee.