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(By our San Francisco correspondent)

Interest is being manifested here in the forthcoming conventions of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods and the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods to be held in this city early next year.

Alive to the understanding that these meetings will bring to California the greatest assemblage of American Jewish leaders ever before gathered together in the West, San Francisco Jews are busy with elaborate preparations for the coming conventions.

They realize that the assemblages will give to San Francisco greater importance as a Jewish center than this community has ever known before and they are prepared to do their part in making the occasion a memorable one in the annals of American Jewish affairs.

Not only will the conventions bring to San Francisco leading Jewish men and women but they will make this city the forum for discussion of the most vital questions of Jewish religious, cultural and intellectual endeavor.

The conventions will open Sunday, February 10, 1929 and last throughout the week.

Representatives of Congregation Emanu-El and of Congregation Sherith Israel of this city now are meeting to arrange for the conventions.

According to the present plans, the major sessions will be held in the Temple and Temple House of Congregation Emanu-El which afford unrivaled facilities.

The committee has arranged for the holding of a religious service on Sunday evening. February 10. This will take place in the beautiful and spacious Temple of Congregation Sherith Israel.

Special programs are being planned for the entertainment of the delegates and many of the most widely noted scenic beauty spots of Northern California will be shown to the visitors.

It is hoped to arrange one day of the convention period to sight-seeing at Ber-keley, the seat of the University of California, at Palo Alto, the seat of Leland Stanford Junior University, and other points of interest in the ba? region.

All indications now point to a large attendance from all parts of the United States, and particularly from congregations of the Pacific Coast and of the Rocky Mountain Region.

Two prominent women in Jewish social service in San Francisco will go abroad to attend the International Conference of Social Workers which opens in Paris on July 8.

They are Miss Grace B. Wiener, resident head worker of the San Bruno Community Settlement House, and Miss Mathilda Finkelsein, director of the Department of Immigrant Aid of the San Francisco Section, Council of Jewish Women.


A decision to inaugurate a movement for the erection in New York City of a hospital for Jewish workers was adopted unanimously at a conference of Workmen’s Circle branches held Sunday at the Forward Hall. One hundred and seventy-six delegates representing 214 branches were present.

The hospital is to have 100 beds and is to be erected at a cost of about $1,500,000. A committee to prepare the plans in cooperation with the medical department of the Workmen’s Circle was chosen.

The conference was called at the initiative of Branch 294. The membership of the Workmen’s Circle, including their families, number about 150,000. It was argued that cities with such a population maintain from three to four hospitals. The maintenance cost of such an institution would be about $200,000 annually. If each member of the organization were to be taxed 10 cents a week. the cost would be raised, it was stated.

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