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Religious Education in Public School System to Remain

Leaders of the Canadian Jewish Congress have expressed disappointment over their failure to win a commitment from Ontario Education Minister Thomas Wells to abolish religious education in the province’s public school system. A 22 member CJC deputation that visited Wells was told by the minister that he was still trying to make up his own mind on the question.

Abolition was recommended in 1969 by a special provincial commission headed by Justice Keiller Mackay. But Wells told the Jewish group that he was not yet convinced that the religious courses introduced in the public schools in 1944 were harmful, despite various statements to that effect and the Mackay report. If the courses were removed a “vacuum” would be created in the curriculum, he said, and a large element of the population prefers the courses as they are to none at all.

The CJC leaders pointed out that the question was no longer one of a certain religious minority asking for change. They said there was a consensus in the province that agreed with the Mackay report. J. S. Midanik, chairman of the CJC delegation, told Wells that he had the “helpless feeling one gets when attempting to nail jelly to the wall.”

President Luis Echeverria Alvarez of Mexico participated in a ceremony presenting three annual awards bearing the name of Elias Sourasky, prominent Jewish philanthropist and banker. The awards for literature, science and arts of 50,000 pesos each were presented at the Presidential Palace to Andres Henestrosa, a liberal writer and contributor to Jewish-Spanish publications; Dr. Rudolfo Stavenhagen, a scientist and member of well-known German-Jewish family; and architect Enrique de la Mora.

The following quotations from the Tel Aviv. Stock Exchange are provided to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency by Leumi Securities, 18 E. 48 St., New York. N.Y. 10017. This is a selected list of the most active stocks.

Closing Prices: 8/27, 9/4

Africa Israel – $7.00, $6.83

Alliance ‘B’ – 12.52, 12.31

ATA ‘C’ – 291/2, 271/2

Bank Leumi – 73, 71

Bank Leumi Investment – 52, 51 1/2

Delek – 46, 41 1/2

Discount Bank Investment – 3.14, 3.07

Electra – 2.92, 2.95

Electric Wire & Cable – 1.27, 1.25

General Mortgage Bank – 2.82, 2.74

Hassneh Insurance – 5.80, 5.71

Mehadrin Citrus – 52, 51

Shemen – 1.38, 1.40

Taal Plywood – 1.44, 1.40

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