Religion in Public Education

We reaffirm the positions jointly set forth by the Synagogue Council of America and the National Community Relations Advisory Council, to both of which organizations the Union of American Hebrew Congregations belongs, in their document entitled "Safeguarding Religious Liberty". We continue to cherish the conviction that the maintenance and furtherance of religion are the responsibility of the synagogue, the church and the home, and not of any agency or government, including the public schools.

For this reason, we continue to believe that religious practices, such as Bible reading, prayer, singing of hymns, religious holiday observances and baccalaureate exercises, do not belong in public education.

A vigilant maintenance of church-state separation is the best safeguard of religious liberty for all Americans.