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Gold Challenges Jewish Center Movement to Rise to Current ‘Crisis of Society’

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.