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BBYO Head Calls for Dialogue Between Young Jews, Negroes to Ease Racial Tensions

The leader of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization said today that a dialogue between Jewish and black young may succeed in healing relations between the two groups. Dr. Max F. Baer, national director of the BBYO said that research by the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League showed that young Negroes represent the most militant and anti-Semitic elements in the black community while Jewish youth are the most liberal and understanding age group among Jews. “The two factors, militancy among young blacks and liberalism among young Jews can open a path for improved relations between the two communities.” Dr. Baer said.

He told a B’nai B’rith Lodge here that dialogues between 20 young Negroes and many Jewish BBYO members were held last summer at Camp B’nai B’rith in Starlight, Pa. He said that Jewish youth called upon to meet their Negro peers must be thoroughly informed. Toward this end, Dr. Baer advocated a special program of leadership training to prepare them for effective dialogue.