Third-generation American Jewish Youth Reported Seeking Jewish Identity

“The Jewish student community, the constituency of which is primarily third-generation American Jews, is characterized by a search for Jewish identity and desire for Jewish participation,” Rabbi Benjamin M. Kahn, national director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations, declared here addressing 200 students at the National Hillel Summer Institute.

“The positive attitudes of Jewish college students today towards Jewish religious and cultural identification,” he said, “give us good reason for faith in the emergence of a creative, informed and knowledgeable Jewish community of the future.”

Rabbi Kahn predicted that within 30 years, two out of every three American Jews will have attended a college or university. He based his prediction on the fact that two-thirds of present-day Jewish high school graduates enter institutions of higher learning.

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