NEW YORK (May. 19)
The New York Chapter of the American Jewish Committee called today on Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller to sign a bill that would protect Orthodox Jewish students in private colleges and professional schools from being penalized for being absent from school activities scheduled on the Jewish Sabbath. Chapter president Edward D. Moldover, in a letter to the Governor, urged that he sign the bill, introduced into the State legislature by State Senator Paul P.E. Bookson and Assemblyman Louis DeSalvio, stating that “no student should be compelled to modify his observance of the Sabbath or any other Holy Day in order to comply with a school’s schedule of classes, laboratories or examinations. No student should be penalized by being marked absent on a Holy Day nor should his religious observance disqualify him in any manner as to admission to the college.” The bill, if signed by the Governor, would protect Sabbath observers in private colleges and professional schools in the same way as such students are now protected in state and city colleges and universities.