TEE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, December 11, 1970-11
Youth Protest 'Religion at Its Finest;'
Synagogue Building Costs Assailed
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (JTA) —
The protest of youth "is what re-
ligion, at its finest, has always
been about," a leading American
rabbi told delegates to a three-day
Reform Jewish convention which
ended here Sunday.
Speaking at the banquet of the
biennial convention of the Mid-At-
lantic Council, Union of American
Hebrew Congregations, Rabbi Al-
exander M. Schindler, vice presi-
dent of the parent organization,
declared that youth's protest "is
essentially an affirmation of faith"
and that "our young people are
profoundly religious, in the highest
sense of that term."
Urging the adult community to
"look beyond their unkempt hair,
their extravagant dress and their
outrageous manner of speech,"
Rabbi Schindler sa i d: "Of
course they are rebels. And they
rebel against religion, too, but
only as it is narrowly, mistaken-
ly conceived. They reject insti-
tutionalism with its swollen
pride and its divisiveness."
But, he noted, they do not reject
"the concept of human worth.
They hold life sacred. They speak
of man's relationship to man—and
they really feel it! They insist that
life must yield its meaning, and
they persist in the quest to dis-
cover that meaning. This, my
friends, is what religion, at its
finest, has always been about."
Reminding his listeners that
Jewish tradition calls for involve-
ment in matters of social concern,
Rabbi Schindler warned that "we
will lose our youth" if the syna-
gogue fails to join the young in
their condemnation of racial dis-
crimination, poverty and the war
in Vietnam, which "has torn apart
the very fabric of our nation."
In a report delivered at a plen-
ary session, Rabbi Richard S.
Sternberger, director of the Mid-
Atlantic Council, deplored "stag-
gering building ventures" in light
of the ever-increasing mobility- at
society. Excessive expenditures
for new synagogue structures, he
said, "are paralyzing to so many
good and essential programs of
that, "In addition to being more
feasible and practical, it would
provide more opportunities for
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He also urged that we "rethink
our directions" in synagogue pro-
graming. "If we are to survive,"
Rabbi Sternberger declared, "I
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Against Bonn Neo-Prazia
BONN (JTA)—A neo-Nazi dem-
onstration list weekend in Essen
turned- into a street brawl With
trade. anion members and lease
wives, during their Christmas
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•Sail ter the Naas to have, atop
pod cars bearing shapes layering
the Nazis, dragged their occupants
out and beat them ea. In-all„ time
Mears were damaged.
Werth Rhine Westphalia's Prime
Masher Reins Kuehn said later
an . television, "I will no longer
tolerate- the neo-Nazis to demon-
strate in - this manner-here."
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