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ADL Hails Federal Legislation on Religious Needs of Sabbath Observers

A new federal regulation requiring government agencies to accommodate to the religious needs of “special Sabbath observers” was today praised by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith as “an important step in alleviating a disturbing problem for Jews and other Saturday Sabbath observers.” The regulation, adopted by the Civil Service Commission, goes into effect May 24. It declares that federal agencies are to “make reasonable accommodations to the religious needs of applicants and employee, including the needs of those who observe the Sabbath on other than Sunday…” Noting that the ADL had pressed for some time for an official ruling to assure fair treatment of Saturday Sabbath observers, Seymour Graubard, national chairman of the League, said he had every hope that “the regulation will be carried out in the spirit in which it has been adopted.” In addition to Jews, Saturday Sabbath observers include Seventh-day Adventists.