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Klutznick Calls for New Priorities for Jewish Education, Religion

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A former ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and leader of Jewish and community affairs, Philip M. Klutznick, told the Milwaukee Jewish community that action must accompany thought in Jewish activity. Stating that there is a low priority for religion and Jewish education in communities today. Klutznick said he wasn’t sure that the community was right in putting priority on Israel itself. “If we can’t find an answer to Jewish problems all over the world, then Israel is not necessarily the answer,” he said. Klutznick called for a four-point program beginning with the awakening of ourselves to recognizing that there is a new wave of anti-Semitism beginning. Jewish attitudes toward Israel are not as they should be either, he said. There should be a new reordering of priorities to save people of the diaspora and get them to help us support Israel, he said.

Klutznick also suggested a resolution to provide a better Jewish education for the next generation and urged more lay people of the community to help the Jewish service organizations with the responsibilities of the Jewish community, Klutznick spoke Thursday night to more than 400 persons attending the annual Jewish Federation meeting. The 1971 Jewish Welfare campaign chairman also announced that the community had collected more than $4,800,000-over one million more than in previous campaigns. Leadership awards to the outstanding young man and woman active in Jewish communal affairs were presented by the Federation. Todd Lappin received the Benjamin E. Nickoll award as the outstanding man and Mrs. Sidney J. (Elaine) Friedman received the Sophie Peckarsky award for women.

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