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Rabbis Warn That Planned School Shifts Might Hurt Jewish Education

April 7, 1964
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The New York Board of Rabbis, representing more than 800 Jewish spiritual leaders of all denominations in the metropolitan area, requested the New York City Board of Education today to “take into consideration the religious needs of the New York Jewish community” in planning transportation of pupils as part of the city’s efforts to devise balanced integration of the city’s schools.

Cautioning of the possibility that the transportation plan might interfere with pupils attending afternoon religious schools, Rabbi Max Schenk, president of the rabbinical organization, told the Board: “The future of Jewish religious life depends upon this religious program. Any program of transportation which will reduce the afternoon religious school hours will do irreparable damage to the religious life of the New York Jewish community. We therefore urge you to evolve a pupil transportation plan which will enable the Jewish community to maintain its afternoon religious school program intact.”

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