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Hillel Foundations Directors Ask for Survey on Jewish Education

A resolution calling for an intensive survey of trends in Jewish education in American universities was adopted here at the concluding session of a three-day conference of directors of Hillel Foundations at 203 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Rabbi Arthur Zuckerman was elected president of the National Association of Hillel Directors.

Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld, national director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations, said that in the realm of the spiritual, Israel needs the help of American Jewry as much as American Jewry needs the help of Israel. “The inroad of secularism and over-concern with techniques which characterize the spiritual aridity in American life are equally present in the new state of Israel.” he said. “What we must look for is an inter-action and cooperation between those forces in both countries which are combating the advance of mediocrity and the loss of distinctiveness.”

To close their intensive study of “Judaism for the Modern Age,” student members of the Summer Institute have written a Service of Dedication which they are presenting tonight before they return to the campuses where they are leaders in Hillel activities. The 200 Institute members were chosen on the basis of leadership qualities they have shown in a B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation.

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