NEW YORK (Jun. 29)
The Brooklyn Jewish Community Council reported today it had urged New York University officials to reconsider a decision to hold law school classes on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur next fall. Supreme Court Justice Abraham Multer, president of the organization, said that the law school originally had not planned to have classes on those Jewish holidays. He expressed “sorrow” over the decision and added the hope that school officials would reconsider the decision and thus “not penalize the many students who observe such holy days.”
A resolution adopted by the organization declared that it supported “the principles of separation of church and state but we affirm that scheduling classes not to meet on certain days is not an infringement of such principle as this does not involve the ‘establishment of a religion.’ It is purely administrative. We urge the faculty of the New York University law school to reconsider its decision and make the necessary changes so as not to hold classes on such holidays.” A group of Jewish student activists reported earlier this month complete failure at obtaining school-wide suspension of classes at New York University on those holidays and that it planned a major campaign for that purpose when classes resumed in the fall.