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Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs Opens Convention; Discusses Various Problem

Problems of adult Jewish education, changes in ritual, synagogue attendance and youth activities will be discussed at the 22nd annual convention of the National Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs which opened here today. The delegates, representing over 150 Conservative congregations, will continue their deliberations through May 27.

Addressing the opening session, Rabbi Jacob B. Agus of Baltimore said that the present generation must meet the challenge of lending guidance and stimulation to the progressive reassertion of Judaism. “We need Chalutzim in America,” he declared, stating that Judaism needs lay men and women who are willing to serve as pioneers of “a full-blooded and truly spiritual pattern of life.” He pointed to the State of Israel as an example of the Jewish will to live and create a new culture “in the noble spirit of our heritage.”