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Describes Varied Activities of Boston Jewish Community (By our Boston Correspondent)

Jacob De Haas will speak in Boston November 30. Peter M. Leavitt, President of the Zionist Organization of Boston, made this announcement. Mr De Haas made his reputation as a writer and Zionist worker in this city. Although a leader of the cause for many years, having been instrumental in interesting Justice Louis D. Brandeis of the United States Supreme Court in the movement subsequently to which Zionist history was made in Boston. Mr. De Haas has not addressed a Zionist audience in his own city since the Cleveland break. Much interest and speculation is attached here to his public appearance in this city.

The bitterness of Cleveland that caused such a rift among the Zionists of Boston is said to have been healed. Many of the Brandeis followers, and he has many in the Hub, have returned to the fold. What Mr. De Haas will say to the “old guard” is much being speculated about. It was, however, made clear that no embargo on his speech, however controversial it may be, has been put as a condition precedent to the open invitation extended to him by Albert Hurwitz, Chairman of the Committee.

With $150,000 short of the quota of $500,000 the Federated Jewish Charities of Boston is confident that within a few days the full sum asked for the support of all charitable work that comes within the jurisdiction of the Federation, will be raised. 200 contributors of this total have given $250,000.

The appeal was launched last Sunday. Robert Koshland who is Chairmean of the Drive is confident that when the final tabulation will be made his workers will go “over the top.”

Acting Governor Frank G. Allen, named A. C. Ratchesky, Boston banker, as the Massachusetts representative to the Conference that took place in Montpelier. Vermont, where he conferred with Herbert Hoover and other officials on problems arising out of the recent flood that has devastated a large part of Vermont. Mr. Ratchesky is still in Vermont as a representative of the Red Cross. The acting Governor stated “Massachusetts will stand behind any arrangements made by Mr. Ratchesky” in a telegram addressed to the Governor of Vermont, promising the aid of Massachusetts in the present crisis arisng out of the flood.

Elihu D. Stone for six and a half years Assistant U. S. District Attorney in charge of the prosecution of liquor and narcotic cases, is prominently mentioned for an appointment on the judiciary. All appointments on the judiciary in Massachusetts are for life. Leading Massachusetts jurists are strongly urging the appointment. It was unofficially learned that Governor Fuller is seriously considering him. Mr. Stone is a prominent figure in Jewish life in Massachusetts. He was appointed by President Harding upon the recommendation of the late Senator Henry Cabot Lodge to the present position which he holds in the Department of Justice. When interviewed by the representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Mr. Stone would neither deny nor affirm the rumors that have been published in the leading Boston papers. It is no secret that prominent leaders both Jews and non-Jews from every part of the State have written to Governor Fuller asking him that the choice be made.

The leading reform Jewish Congregation in New England, Temple Israel of Boston, whose spiritual leader is Rabbi Harry Levi, will have a new group of buildings on Longwood Avenue and Plymouth Streets, Brookline. The laying of the cornerstone of this new group of buildings took place last Sunday. The cornerstone laying started a construction of two of the four buildings that will take the place of the present structure on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.

The dedication exercises yesterday were features of an address by Carl Kaffenburgh. President of the Temple, also an address by Felix Vorenberg and Rabbi Harry Levi. The new building will contain 30 class rooms, also an office for the Rabbi and associate Rabbi. The other building will contain an auditorium and social hall.

The Jewish coach of the Harvard Team, Arnold Horween, admitted that Captain Webster of the 1927 team deserved its well-earned victory over Harvard last Saturday. Among the prominent Jews present at the game was Judge Julian W. Mack who is a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers. Judge Mack came over the road to cheer for Alma Mater. He remained in Boston for Monday night to address a joint meeting of the Hadassah and Junfor Hadassah which was held at the Temple Ohabei Sholom, where he was well received.

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