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Philadelphia Jewish Body Files Brief Against Bible Reading in Schools

A “friend of the court” brief questioning the constitutionality of a Pennsylvania State law, permitting Bible reading in public schools, was filed in the United States District Court here today by the Jewish Community Relations Council.

The court action involves a resident of suburban Abington Township, who objects to the school Bible reading law on the grounds that impinges on the principle of separation of Church and State. In its brief, filed by Sydney C. Orlofsky, a vice-president of the JCRC, the Jewish Community Relations Council holds that “the growth of both religion and our democratic society are best fostered in the home, the synagogue and church, “but not in the public school system.