NEW YORK (Sep. 7)
The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America today reaffirmed its support of the Federal Aid to Education Act, which benefits Hebrew Day school pupils, and announced that it had “dissociated itself from the position recently taken by the National Community Relations Advisory Council in opposition to many aspects of the Act.” In a statement issued by Moses I. Feuerstein, national president of the organization, the UOJCA said that the NCRAC position on the Act was a “hypersensitive” one in which any possible benefits for students of “non-public schools” were considered to be an “intrusion into the sphere of religion.”
In a letter circulated by the UOJCA to other affiliated and constituent agencies of the NCRAC, Mr. Feuerstein called upon these bodies to “adopt a positive attitude” toward the Federal Education Act in spite of the position of the parent body. He urged the NCRAC affiliates to “act within the limitations emerging from the position of the Orthodox Jewish community” which, generally supports the Act. The Orthodox Union is an affiliate of the National Community Relations Advisory Council.