NEW YORK (Jan. 21)
The first national training conference of Jewish military chaplains on full-time duty in this country since World War II will be held in Atlanta, Ga., February 25-27, it was announced here today by the National Jewish Welfare Board.
Approximately 60 Jewish chaplains, serving at Army, Air Force and Navy installations throughout the United States, will attend the conference to be held under the sponsorship of the Division of Religions Activities of the J. W. B. There are now 78 full-time Jewish chaplains on active duty at home and abroad, and more than 200 others who serve on a part-time basis.
Rabbi Max D. Davidson, of Perth Amboy, N.J., chairman of J. W. B.’s Division of Religious Activities, said that “special significance is attached to this conference because it will afford the first opportunity since the initiation in the summer of 1950 of the current chaplaincy procurement program for full-time military chaplains, both seasoned and new, to meet and discuss mutual problems and experiences, to evaluate their work and to consider new methods and techniques for providing the most effective religious ministrations to the men whom they serve.”
Most of the three-day sessions will be devoted to consideration of the practical problems of the chaplaincy. These include personal problems of servicemen, the chaplain’s relationship to the to the military, the current procurement situation, new religious literature, supplies and equipment, Jewish education. A highlight of the conference will be a lecture on recent developments in Jewish religious law.