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Orthodox Rabbis Set Up Council to Fight Influence of New Left on Jewish Youth

A convention of Orthodox rabbis here declared war on radical extremists of the New Left whom they assailed as “tactically anarchistic, politically fascists and morally nihilistic.” Rabbi Bernard L. Berzon, newly elected president of the Rabbinical Council of America, announced yesterday at the Rabbinical Council of America convention the establishment of a Council of Orthodox University Professors to “fight the negative influence of the New Left on Jewish youth on college campuses.” Rabbi Berzon told the 500 rabbis the Council will “develop lines of communication with college youth” and will publish literature on the compatibility of traditional Judaism to modern life and its relevance to young Jews. The purpose of the Council is to “rescue” Jewish youths who have been wooed by the programs of the New Left and subscribe to its anti-Israel views. Rabbi Berzon said that members of the Council of Orthodox Professors, now in formation will include: Dr. Emanuel Rackrman, professor of political science at Yeshiva University and coordinator of Jewish studies at New York University; Dr. Walter Wurzberger, editor of the Orthodox magazine. “Tradition” and a professor at Yeshiva University; Dr. Norman Lamm and Dr. Joseph Grunblatt, both of Yeshiva University; and Dr. Bernard Lander of Hunter College.

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