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Jewish Groups Withdraw Petition Seeking Ruling on Wearing Yarmulke in Public Schools

A petition calling on the State Education Commissioner here to issue a ruling permitting yarmulkes to be worn in New Jersey public schools for religious reasons was withdrawn here by the five Jewish organizations that had filed the request.

A spokesman for the five organizations indicated that a disagreement had developed among the groups on the strategy and tactics of handling the yarmulke case. Pending further discussions on procedure, it was felt that the petition to the State Education Commissioner should be withdrawn. The petition as originally filed was signed by the Jewish Community Council of Essex County; East Union County Jewish Council; and the New Jersey regions of the American Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.