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Young Leaders Urged to Understand Jewish Life to Ensure Survival

Young American Jews were urged here to increase their efforts at understanding Jewish life in this country, to ensure Jewish survival in today’s world.

Addressing a regional young leadership conference sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal and the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman, executive vice-chairman of the UJA, said that, at a time when Christianity is making a greater effort to understand the Jews, “it behooves the Jews, especially the younger generation, to know more about their history and their role in the development of society.” Among the factors contributing to Jewish survival, he listed Israel as a “major centrality and potent instrument” to that end.

Irving Blum, campaign chairman of the Associated Jewish Charities and Welfare Fund of Baltimore, who also addressed the conference, urged the use of the federation as the instrument for effectively applying the relevance of Judaism to today’s community problems. Some 400 young men and women from Jewish communities in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Western Pennsylvania attended the conference.