Agudath Israel to Campaign for Adoption of New York Constitution

Rabbi Morris Sherer, executive vice-president of the Agudath Israel of America urged today that “every citizen should put aside consideration of other aspects” of the proposed New York State Constitution and support the new charter because it “represents a historic forward step in eliminating the discrimination that children attending non-public schools have suffered for many years.”

The proposed constitution, which drops a 73 year-old provision banning use of public funds for religiously controlled schools — the Blaine Amendment — has been supported by the Agudath Israel and other Orthodox Jewish groups as well as by the Catholic Church. It is opposed by such Jewish organizations as the American Jewish Congress and American Jewish Committee and by various non-Catholic church groups.

Rabbi Sherer said that his organization is launching a statewide drive for approval of the Constitution.

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