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  The most important aims of the Jewish students were as follows to make the world a better place to live in- 30 per cent to get happiness for yourself- 28 per cent and financial independence- 21 per cent.   Nevertheless, most of the teen-agers I interviewed believed in maintaining their Jewish identity and even envisioned joining a synagogue or temple.   However, they were hostile to Jewish Orthodoxy, professing to believe in Judaism "but in a moderate way".   One boy said querulously about Orthodox Jews "It's the twentieth century, and they don't have to wear beards".   lack >   The reason offered for clinging to the ancestral faith lack ed force and authority even in the teen-agers' minds.     "We were brought up that way" was one statement which won general assent.   "I want to show respect for my parents' religion" was the way in which a boy justified his inhabiting a halfway house of Judaism.   Still another suggested that he would join a temple "for social reasons, since I'll be living in a suburb".   Intermarriage, which is generally regarded as a threat to Jewish survival, was regarded not with horror or apprehension but with a kind of mild, clinical disapproval.