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French-language Jewish Day Schools Demanded in Montreal by Rabbi

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The demand for French-language Jewish day schools to be established in Montreal, supported by the provincial government, was voiced here by Rabbi David Feuerwerker who said he speaks for 15,000 French-speaking Jews in the city.

“My people are in danger of losing not only religious values but French-cultural identity as well,” he said in demanding government support for French-language Jewish day schools. He reported that most of the French-speaking Jews are recent arrivals who do not have the resources to create their own day schools, as English-speaking Canadian Jews have done. He said many of the French-speaking Jewish families were suffering conflicts because their children who go to English-language Protestant-sponsored schools cannot communicate with their parents.

The rabbi spoke in support of the Committee for Tax Supported Jewish Schools which presented a brief to the special committee studying the non-Protestant and non-Catholic minorities in the province. The Committee asks that Jews in Quebec have the same educational rights which Protestants and Catholics have, without suffering extra financial burdens. A Jewish parent, to educate his child in a Jewish day school, must pay about $400 above his annual school taxes.

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