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The Detroit Jewish News, 1968-02-23

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Bar-Ilan Introduces 61/2-Week Summer Program

'Young Marrieds Are Not Attracted
to Synagogue Despite Lower Dues'

Bar-Dan University, America's campus, at Ramat Gan, just outside sites if the Six-Day War.
only chartered university in Israel, of Tel-Aviv. From this base, they
The program wil extend from
has announced a special six-and-a- will embark on a series of tours July 7 to Aug. 20.
half week summer program encom- that will include visits to battle
The total all-inclusive cost will
passing a schedule of courses for
be $945.
college credit, tours of Israel and
Applications for the summer pro-
Israel
Friendship
its environs, and an introduction to
gram may be obtained from the
the cultural and social life of the Rejected by India
Office
of Admissions, Bar-Ilan Uni-
country.
NEW DELHI (JTA)—The gov- versity, 641 Lexington, New York
The program is open to under- ernment of India has rejected any 10022, phone 212-751-6366.
graduate and graduate students, cultural and technical cooperation
Bar-Ilan also invites inquiries
teachers and others who have com-
pleted at least one semester of agreements with Israel because about regular academic programs of
India "has no diplomatic relations" one year or longer.
college work. Participants will have with Israel, the Indian minister of
a selection of courses in political state for external affairs said this
science, religion, literature and week in Parliament. He added that
language, with an opportunity to such agreements could not be di
earn up to six credits. Classes will vorced from diplomatic relations
IMP. ID
be conducted in Engish by regular with a country. The Israel delega-
e addkc i
members of the Bar-Ilan faculty.
tion at the United Nations Con-
All participants will be housed in ference on Trade and Develop-
the dormitories of the Bar-Ilan ment, now taking place here, has
I
sought to induce Indian officials to
SEE OR CALL
consider such cooperation with
Bar-Ilan U. Graduates
Israel, apart from political dif-
317 at Ninth Exercises
ferences.

6—Friday, February 23, 1968

NEW YORK (JTA) — The peren-
nial problem of enrolling and re-
taining young married couples in
synagogues is not likely to be
solved by such practices as
exempting them from synagogue
dues during their first year of
membership, according to the
views of a group of administrators
of Conservative congregations.
A majority of such administra-
tors polled in a new survey, spon-
sored by the National Association
of Synagogue Administrators, gave
a low rating to the practice, 60
per cent reporting that they felt
this procedure had no value in re-
cruiting married couples and 90
per cent that it had no value in re-
taining them.
For the survey, 110 question-
naires were distributed, with 45
administrators responding of which
41 replies were usable. The four
not usable were from congrega-
tions with no married members
under age 31. Young marrieds
were defined in the survey as be-
tween the ages of 20 and 30. There
were 2.388 young married couples
in the 41 responding congregations.
averaging 58 young married
couples per synagogue. The
couples paid an average of $88 a
year in congregation dues, slightly
more than half of the average
older families' dues. The average
annual income of the young mar-
ried couples was around $9,000.
The survey concluded that, con-
sidering such incomes, the offer of
free membership for the first or
second year was not realistically a
"poverty concern."
Not only are young marrieds
lacking in synagogue membership
but those who are members are
only slightly involved in congrega-
tional activities.
The administrators were asked
for estimates of the number of

Vanderbilt U. Panel
Hits Watered-Down
Judaism' on Campus

NASHVILLE (JTA)—A Vander-
bilt University s t u d e n t-faculty
panel discussing "what Judaism
says to our college youth" came
to the conclusion that the answer
is nothing according to a report in
the student newspaper, the Hustler.
The panel was comprised of
Rabbi Arthur Hollander, the uni-
versity's "Hillel director; Dr. Stan-
ley Glasser, associate professor at
the Vanderbilt medical school, and
two senior students, Ros Frank,
president of the women's student
government association, and Paul
Kurtz, the Hustler's sports editor.
Kurtz's outspoken demand that
"we want Judaism" not "watered-
down Judaism" may have echoed
the frustrations of Jewish men and
women on campuses all over the
country, the Hustler said. Kurtz
contended that "the half-hearted
attempts Judaism has made on the
campus have made it worse for the
cause. It has alienated many
(Jewish) students . . Jewish stu-
dents think they are being preached
at: Miss Frank said that she has
"had many doubts" and complained
that ''it's very difficult to find
somebody who understands you
and will listen to you."
Dr. Glasser seemed to agree
when he said that "we provide
the students with a structure
where they can have a prophy-
lactic social life and educational
life." Judaism, he said,•"as say-
ing nothing specific to students
. about ethics in business, in-
trapersonal relationship or Viet-
nam."
Rabbi Hollander remarked that
"80 per cent of the 5,000 students
at Vanderbilt do not see the inside
of a church or synagogue from one
end of the year to another." How-
ever. he expressed hope for the re-
vival of overt Judaism on the Van-
derbilt campus. "We of Hillel are
beginning to understand that we
need a new approach to students ",
he said.

propsective synagogue member s
among young marrieds in their
synagogue neighborhoods. The re-
plies indicated a range of 50 to
2,000 such couples, with an aver-
age of 200. However, administra-
tor-served congregations — mean-
ing those in metropolitan areas
with sizeable Jewish populations—
reported a recruitment average of
only 14 couples per year during the
past three years.
Of the average of 42 Young Mar-
ried couples recruited over three
years. or about 14 per year, losses
were about ten couples in the same
period for a general net gain in
Young Marrieds of about 10 per
cent a year for the three years.
The administrators were asked
to list their views on the reasons
for the disproportion between the
large potential and the small re-
cruitment and offered 19 responses.
The seven main reasons were:
economic, synagogue not valued,
rather spend on material things,
synagogue stress on finances and
fundraising was an alienating fac-
tor, presence of too many older
persons, synagogue religion not
meaningful and young marrieds
are not "religious minded."



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Don't look backward too much-
TEL-AVIV—Bar-Ilan University you may head that way.
awarded degrees to 317 graduates
at its ninth commencement exer-
cises here Tuesday.
WHEN YOU !A'c A COCKTAIL
Chief Rabbi I. Unterman deliver-
ed the invocation. The degrees
were confirmed by Dr. Joseph H.
Ca dig
Lookstein, chancellor, and Prof.
Max Jammer, rector of the uni-
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