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Content of U.S. Jewish Life Analyzed at Hillel Institute

“The machinery of American Jewish life, active and smooth running as it is, is not turning out Jews armed with a knowledge of the meaning of their Jewishness and inspired to create, to produce or to express themselves as Jews in the terms of that meaning,” Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld, director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation, declared here at the ninth annual national Hillel Summer Institute. More than 200 selected student leaders from the Hillel Foundations on campuses in this country, Canada, Britain, Israel and Iran are attending the ten-day institute.

Another Hillel leader, Rabbi Maurice B. Pekarsky, director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at the Hebrew University in Israel, told the student leaders that Jewish life in the modern world is characterized by a search for self-definition. Dr. Alfred Jospe, director of the Foundation’s resources program, declared that the Foundation was an effort to enable students to re-discover the meaning and purpose of their spiritual identity.