NEW YORK (May. 21)
Fifty young Jewish leaders, attending a three-day Youth Leadership Conference organized here by the Jewish National Fund, issued a call for expanded participation by American Jewish young people in the work of the JNF.
Under the chairmanship of Mendel N. Fisher, JNF secretary and consultant, the conference drew representation of a cross-section of young professional and business men and women from all parts of the United States. Albert Schiff, JNF president, told the delegates that the challenge before them was “to help usher in the new Jewish leadership in America, combining the experience of the old with the enthusiasm and vigor of the young.”
Participating in the deliberations were Dr. Joseph P. Sternstein, JNF national director; Dr. Harris J. Levine, JNF honorary president and chairman of the JNF Foundation; and Norman G. Levine, president of B’nai Zion and member of the JNF board. Michael S. Comay, Israel Ambassador to the United Nations, was the guest speaker.
The delegates approved a resolution declaring that “American Jewry stands in need of a strong and rejuvenated leadership in order to cope with the problems at home, to strengthen Jewish life abroad and to aid in the development of Israel.” The resolution urged the JNF to create “a national JNF Young Leadership Council” with the goals of enrolling a maximum number of American Jewish young people in the work of the JNF, including particularly the work of the JNF Foundation.