Katzir Worried About Western Jews

Concern for the future of the Jewish people was expressed by Israeli President Ephraim Katzir yesterday, as he summed up a four-day international seminar on “Zionism in Our Time.” Katzir voiced concern at what the future held in store for Jewry in the Western, liberal world. He proposed, as an antidote to the potential danger, a broader interpretation of Zionism which would imply not only alive but a more meaningful Jewish life everywhere.

A view pressed by several participants, that Israel’s denial of self-determination to Palestinians might diminish pro-Zionist activities abroad, was challenged by Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He felt that Zionists must be prepared to defend Israel no matter what.

A recent immigrant from the Soviet Union. Dr. Alexander Luntz, said that for Soviet Jews, Zionism meant aliya even though they were not always able to put this into practice.

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