NEW YORK (May. 15)
The establishment of B’nai B’rith youth service in Israel in collaboration with its principal municipalities was announced jointly today by Ben Barkin, Milwaukee, international chairman of the B’nai B’rith Youth Commission, and Dr. Ben Zion Kauders, Tel Aviv, president of the B’nai B’rith Israel District.
The agreement with the Israeli municipalities provides for affiliation of an existing youth service, “Noar Lenoar” (Youth for Youth), with the international network of chapters comprising the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization. The professional direction of the reorganized Noar Lenoar on a local level will remain with the municipalities, with volunteer supplementary services provided by the B’nai B’rith lodges of Israel. The local branches have been federated into a national organization which is now being coordinated by B’nai B’rith from its headquarters in Tel Aviv. Dan Lewin, Tel Aviv, has been appointed national coordinator.
According to Mr. Lewin, there are now approximately 5,000 young people between the ages of 14 and 18 enrolled in Noar Lenoar. All of them are secondary school students. The principal activity of Noar Lenoar has been rendering of volunteer services by the youth of Israel to disadvantaged youth, such as boys and girls from immigrant families and the physically and mentally handicapped. The work is now being broadened to include volunteer services to the aged and other adults, cooperation with Arab youth groups in Israel, and the establishment of close relationships with Jewish youth in the Diaspora — particularly in North America.