Saturday, September 13, 2008

Jewish Week Misrepresents Agudah View On Preventing Abuse

An article that appears in the current issue of the New York Jewish Week (September 12) contains the following sentence, referring to bills aimed at preventing child abuse in Jewish schools."Agudath Israel, an umbrella group of ultra-traditional Orthodox organizations, is opposed to both the mandated reporting and finger printing, and background check legislation."

It has been confirmed that this sentence is false. In a memorandum dated June 20, 2006, Agudath Israel representatives expressed "strong support" for legislation allowing nonpublic schools to fingerprint prospective employees for the purpose of conducting mandatedbackground checks.

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