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Parents Oppose Using Religious Buildings for Public Schools

August 16, 1966
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Twenty-five Jewish, Protestant and Catholic parents served a complaint here tonight against a local school board which has assigned pupils to attend public school classes, beginning in September, to be held in a Catholic church and a Reform temple.

The complaint by the parents was backed by affidavits by two parents — one an Orthodox rabbi, the other a Catholic housewife — who protested against assigning their children to schools conducted in the house of worship of a faith other than their own. The two are Rabbi Solomon Zeides, who lives here and is a librarian at Yeshiva University in New York; and Mrs. Madeline Ret, a member of St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church in nearby Pearl River.

The school board served with the petition tonight had decided two months ago to hold some public classes next September at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church and at Temple Beth El, a Reform house of worship. The American Jewish Congress is aiding the complaining parents with counsel. Tomorrow, the dissenting parents said, they will file a petition in the State Supreme Court, at White Plains, N. Y., seeking an order to restrain the school board from proceeding with its plans to use religious edifices for school purposes. It is expected that the Supreme Court case will be heard September 7.

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