LOS ANGELES (May. 22)
The Jewish Center movement has been challenged to meet the current "crisis of society" by discarding the theory that Jewish centers should be a "vast playground" and establish instead programs of study and action. The challenge was issued by Bertram Gold, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, in an address to a 25th anniversary meeting of the Los Angeles Jewish Centers Association, which he formerly served as director.
He declared also that Jewish youth was non-intellectual and non-cultural in Jewish terms and that traditional liberalism had been rejected by Jewish youth activists. He told the meeting also that, among the non-activist Jewish youth, there was a withdrawal from reality into mysticism and use of drugs.