Jews Warned Against Secularism

Greater Jewish education among adults and children was advocated by Max M. Goldberg of Washington in his presidential report presented to the annual convention of the National Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs meeting here. The convention formally opens its five-day conference Sunday evening. Goldberg, in remarks prepared for the conclave, said the secularism that is manifesting itself in sections of American Jewry threatens the future of Jewish survival as a group in the United States.

Declaring that “we can no longer justify the luxury of schism among us,” he urged concerned Jews to take the leadership in educational projects. “Without a concern for education, and an activist approach to Jewish education,” he said, “we will contribute to the effective destruction of the identification of our children. Without a passionate concern for Jewish education, and without this identification, the future of the Jewish layman, the future of the Jewish teacher, and the future of the Jewish congregant is seriously in doubt.”

Approximately $45,000 was raised last night for the scholarship fund of Histadrut, Israel’s labor organization, at a dinner attended by 450 persons at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Sen. Harrison A. Williams Jr. (D.NJ) chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, the dinner’s guest of honor, promised Israeli Embassy Information Minister Zvi Brosh that “we are your allies in the whole philosophy of life that Israel represents.” The dinner was sponsored by the American Trade Union Council for Histadrut.

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