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Hebrew Union College’s President Tells Why Young Jews Join Hippie Movement

Dr. Nelson Glueck, president of the Hebrew Union College of Cincinnati, says that many young Jewish people are in the hippie movement “because they are driven by questions they cannot answer about the state of the world.” Dr. Glueck was here for California Hebrew Union College’s commencement. Dr. Glueck noted that some 30 to 40 percent of the Peace Corps is Jewish and that the Corp’s Jewish members were “motivated by this desire to help mankind.” This same idealism, he said, was responsible for the increased enrollment in the rabbinical studies at the seminary. “There is no feeling among the faculties,” he said, “that our students have come to escape the draft.”