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Rivlin: Assimilation Rife Among Jewish Youth in Diaspora

January 5, 1973
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Moshe Rivlin. director general of the Jewish Agency, claimed last night that assimilation was rife among Jewish youth in Western countries. He told a convention of Agency emissaries that a survey of 10,000 Jewish students in Great Britain revealed that seven of eight had no contacts with Jewish life and that a third entered into mixed marriages. The situation is even worse in the United States, Rivlin contended.

He noted that in the U.S. only 7.7 percent of the Jewish youth received any Jewish education beyond the elementary level. He said a survey showed that 45 percent of American Catholic students and 15 percent of Protestant students believed that they should live by the values of their respective religions. But only eight percent of the Jewish students felt the same way, Rivlin said.

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