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Reform Temples Urged to Act Against Religion in Public Schools

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Reform temples in the United States and Canada were urged today to intensify their social action programs and to apply the ethical principles of Judaism to the urgent social problems of our communities, the nation and the world. The plea was issued by I. Cyrus Gordon, chairman of the Commission on Social Action of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, parent body of 536 Reform temples.

Mr. Gordon cited as urgent problems the protection of public education from the intrusions of religious teachings, and the struggle for racial integration. “Oddly enough,” he stated, “segregated patterns in housing are mushrooming North and South at the same time that all other barriers of segregation are crumbling. This issue requires religious concern and action in the North and South alike.”

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