DALLAS (May. 27)
The American Jew will not disappear through intermarriage or assimilation but he may disappear because of apathy toward his Jewish heritage, Louis Stern of Newark, president of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, told the Southern Young Leader ship Regional Conference here.
More than 150 young men and women from nine states attended the conference which was co-sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal and the CJFWF. Mr. Stern told the young leaders that the United States was “not a melting pot, imposing a deadening uniformity upon all, but rather pluralistic society that thrives only as there is a full respect for difference and a freedom for each group to develop those qualities that represent its unique potential. As Jews,” he added, “it is our duty to enhance the richness of Mosaic Law that is the basis of our democracy.”
Rabbi Charles Shulman of New York urged the young Jewish leaders to read what is happening on the contemporary Jewish scene in this country and abroad and identify themselves with this scene and take part in creating a strong and healthy community.