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Examinations in Canadian Universities Conflict with Passover

March 29, 1967
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Efforts are being made here by the Central Region Joint Community Relations Committee, representing B’nai B’rith and the Canadian Jewish Congress, and the Hillel Foundation at the University of Toronto to eliminate conflicts between examinations scheduled for late next month and the celebration of Passover.

Most of the colleges in this province of Ontario have indicated that they would make some arrangements to eliminate the conflicts. However, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Toronto is keeping to its scheduled timing of the examinations. Certain students, the Jewish organizations were informed, will be able to take their examinations at a later date at a fee. The Jewish organizations are continuing to work out arrangements that would not conflict with the Jewish holidays.

At McGill University, in Montreal, students who will not be able to take examinations on the set days will be “invigilated” at Hillel House for more than 48 hours, writing the examinations before sundown on the day preceding the first night of Passover and finishing after sundown following the second day of the holiday. The Jewish organizations stated that the conflicts are more serious than usual this year because of the lateness of Passover, which does not start until sundown of April 24.

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