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Dr. Mandelbaum Says Solidarity with Israel Has Revived Youths’ Interest in Judaism

The solidarity felt by American-Jewish youth with their counterparts in Israel is partly responsible for the “reviving interest” among Jewish youth in Jewish affairs and Jewish values, according to Dr. Bernard Mandelbaum, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Dr. Mandelbaum said he saw “strong evidence” of such revival in reports of heavy attendance by Jewish teenagers and college youth at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in synagogues and college campuses. He said the reports have reached him from all parts of the U.S. and Canada.