Masada, New Zionist Youth Group, to Be Launched in Fall

A new national Zionist youth organization called Masada will be launched here early this Fall. The aim of the movement is to enroll young men between the ages of 20 and 30 in the Zionist Organization of America. These young men as a group will participate in all of the activities of the Zionist districts and pay their dues to the Z.O.A. but will retain a corporate existence of their own and enact their own program of activities which is to be chiefly cultural.

A local chapter of Masada is already functioning in Cleveland. At the last convention of the Z.O.A. held in Cleveland a resolution recognizing the Masada as an integral part of the Z. O. A. and pledging support to it was adopted. The name Masada comes from a town of that name which was the last fortress in Palestine to yield to the battering rams of Rome.

The organizers of the new Zionist group point out that there is a need for such a movement because the existent Zionist groups do not meet the needs of those interested in the Masada. The Young Judeans are too young, the Avukah is confined to the academic youth, the Junior Hadassah is limited to young women and within the Zionist districts themselves there is too diversified a group to offer a congenial social atmosphere to young people, and to admit of a unified cultural program to fit the need, taste and background of the young people interested in the new movement.

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