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American Jewish Youth is Trained for Leadership, Survey Shows

Future leadership in American Jewry is being developed through the Junior Division movement in many communities, it was revealed today in a preliminary study of the results of a nationwide survey covering more than 200 cities conducted by the Junior Division of the Joint Distribution Committee. Young people are being trained in community responsibility and in an appreciation of their obligations as Jews through their efforts in fund-raising drives.

In announcing the preliminary results, Pauline Baerwald Falk, Honorary Chairman of the J.D.C’s Junior Division, pointed out that more than two-thirds of the communities which have already replied to the J.D.C’s questionnaire, have stated that Jusier Division activities have developed leaders for every type of local organization and institution. Eighty-three per cent of Jewish community leaders who replied to the questionnaire reported that Junior Divisions in their cities had trained leaders for local organizations and institutions. Ninety-two per cent of the cities with Junior Divisions which reported, stated that their Junior Divisions had raised funds for the local drive which would not have been raised otherwise. More then $270,000 was contributed by Junior Divisions to drives for funds for overseas relief in 110 communities throughout the country last year.

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