Sep 19, 2011
Date Resolved

Ben Gamla Charter School is a public charter school that offers a Hebrew-immersion program to students. In a letter objecting to the school’s use of a Hebrew-language textbook that contained numerous religious references, AU explained that, although it is permissible to teach Hebrew as a foreign language, it is constitutionally impermissible to do so using religiously themed instructional materials. AU’s letter requested that the school select a different textbook and review the remainder of its Hebrew-language curriculum to ensure that it is free of similar religious content. In response, the school’s attorney (The Becket Fund) informed AU that the school had abandoned its plans to use the objectionable textbook. AU continues to monitor the school to ensure that it complies with the Establishment Clause.