NEW YORK (Sep. 21)
An intensified program to involve Jewish young adults in communal activities and strengthen their Jewish commitment was reported to the board of directors of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds here today by Philip Bernstein, executive director. An outgrowth of a two-day seminar last June on Jewish young adults, sponsored by the Council, the National Jewish Welfare Board and B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations, the program calls for pilot projects to be set up at various colleges to arrange for greater involvement of students in communal work.
Other steps envisioned by the program include the establishment of a Jewish social service or “Mitzvah Corps” to build on the idealism of Jewish young adults; efforts to set up more college courses on Judaism for credit; and more systematic use of student Jewish Welfare Fund campaigns on campuses in cooperation with Hillel Foundations and UJA, to deepen student knowledge about community-financed programs.
Changing needs in immigration and absorption services in Israel were reviewed in a report by Louis D. Horwitz, CJFWF director of overseas services, on the Council’s budget consultations held with the Jewish Agency for Israel, Inc, and the United Jewish Appeal. The report noted the progress of the UJA’s Israel Education Fund as well as developments in cooperation of the UJA with community welfare funds to help upgrade fund-raising efforts.