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Federation Rejects for Fifth Time Bid of Orthodox Day School

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For the fifth time in its 15-year history, the only Orthodox Jewish day school in Minneapolis lost its bid for a subsidy from the Minneapolis Federation for Jewish Service.

In June last year, the Torah Academy had its application for beneficiary status rejected by only two votes, 31 to 29. In the latest vote, the rejection was more decisive, 42 to 30 with one abstention.

The case for the 89-pupil school, which has a faculty of nine, was presented by its president. Irving I. Kutoff, who asked Federation funds only for the Hebrew department on a per capita basis in relation to hours of pupil attendance.

Dr. Albert G. Minda, a Reform rabbi, urged the board not to get “into the sensitive area of ideologies.” He said an allocation to the Academy would lead in that direction. I. D. Fink, immediate past president of the Federation, argued that the sponsors of the school were seeking to pass on “to the general community the responsibility of operating the school.”

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