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Jewish Draftees May Ask Deferment During Passover

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The National Jewish Welfare Board’s (JWB) Commission on Jewish Chaplaincy has been notified that all draft boards have been asked to give “favorable consideration, wherever possible,” to requests of registrants of the Jewish faith for postponements of physical examination or induction into the Armed Forces during Passover. The announcement came in the form of an official communication to JWB from Curtis W. Tarr, director, Selective Service System. This communication was addressed to Rabbi Edward T. Sandrow, spiritual leader of Temple Beth El, Cedarhurst, N.Y., and chairman of the JWB Commission on Jewish Chaplaincy. Selective Service Operations Bulletin No, 81, amended as of July 1, 1970, entitled “Jewish Holy Days,” gives Jewish registrants scheduled for request deferment until after Passover. Requests for such deferment should be made directly to local draft boards.

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