Montreal Y. M. H. A. Forms Ambitious Plans for Future

With the appointment of Harry J. Halpern as assistant director of the department of education of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association, this organization expects to show renewed vigor and increased membership.

“Progressive Jewish living” has been adopted as the keynote of the program for the coming years under the leadership of its executive director, Harvey Golden.

For the next two years an attempt will be made to provide a training course for potential group leaders. A prerequisite for this course will be a fairly good Jewish training. Among the subjects in this course will be Jewish history, methods of teaching history, child psychology, project methods, customs and ceremonies and classroom management.

It is planned to give mothers and wives of “Y” members an opportunity to bring into their homes the Jewish spirit which dominates the Y. M. H. A. by teaching them Yiddish folksongs and modern Palestinian melodies, games of Jewish interest to play with their children and stories and legends appropriate for the various holidays of the year.

A special series of lectures is being arranged, dealing with a survey of the economic and social conditions of young Jewry. This is a first step in the “retaining of youth.” A vocational guidance clinic is contemplated in which unemployed members will be able to find out for what work they are best suited.

Halpern, who will be in charge of the educational activities among the younger “Y” members, is a graduate of the local yeshivah and McGill University. He was librarian of the Canadian Young Judaea and for the last four years was director of the boys’ department, Neighborhood House and Y. M. H. A. He is also advisor to A. Z. A. of B’nai B’rith.

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