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Mizrachi Youth Convention Urges One-year Study in Israel

A call for a new form of spiritual chalutziut to strengthen the spiritual ties between Israel and Jewry abroad was issued here last night at the closing session of the annual convention of Mizrachi Hatzair, religious Zionist youth organization.

The convention adopted a resolution calling on Jewish youth to devote one year to religious studies in a yeshiva or institution of higher learning in Israel as a means of providing such “pioneers of the spirit” and to provide the cultural interchange between Israeli and American Jews. It was announced that 32 members of the organization are leaving today for Israel to participate in a summer study institute.

The convention named Karpol Bender president for the coming year. Mr. Bender is a South African Jew who is a senior rabbinical student at Yeshiva University. The organization plans to hold a leadership institute in Canada this summer.