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Released Time Program, The

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Released Time Program, The: A program providing public school students with religious instruction during school time, with their parents' permission – a right guaranteed by the U.S Supreme Court. In New York State, this instruction is on Wednesday, hence the name: "Wednesday Hour."
The National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education, a pioneer in the operation of Released Time programs in the state of New York – in which public schoolchildren are granted an hour each week for religious education – hosted a two day confere...
A Torah dedication ceremony attended by 1,200 people came one year after the death of Rabbi Avraham Levitansky, an innovator in the field of Jewish education.
1956 - 1961
As a rabbinic student at 770, Rabbi Aaron Cousin joined his colleagues in working under the New York State "Released time" program, which allows Public School students to receive religious instruction.
The National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education, in cooperation with Chabad-Lubavitch of Forest Hills, ran a winter camp for some 150 New York public school students.
The Rebbe attends a special children’s rally held for the Released Time children from NY public schools.
Mirroring the efforts of Chabad-Lubavitch institutions worldwide, several centers in New York devoted a portion of their Sukkot programming to promoting Jewish unity among the younger generation. In one instance, more than 400 children attended a rally ho...
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