Saratoga Springs, N. Y. (Jun. 19)
(Jewish Daily Bulletin)
A decision to construct a National Independent Order Brith Abraham Center in New York City was taken up by the delegates assembled at the second day’s session of the convention of the Order here yesterday.
The proposed center will cost approximately one million dollars. One half this sum is to be borrowed from the reserve endowment fund of the Order and the other half will be raised through assessments of one dollar per year on each member, sales of certificates and bonds to the public and through loans from individual lodges. President Silverstein declared that the vote of the convention would stimulate local lodges to build centers in their respective communities.
At the session which decided to remove the restrictions hitherto imposed on members of Class A from joining Classes B and C, the vote was 436 in favor of removing the restrictions to 140 against and came after a hot contest.
A resolution calling for the appointment of a propaganda committee to consist of ten members from ten lodges, whose principal function will be to organize new lodges was adopted. Members will be assessed five cents to cover the expense of this work. Other resolutions approved the work of the American Jewish Congrss and assessed members three cents each for the Congress; commended Ort and assessed each member two cents toward its support; voted a contribution of $500 from the charity fund of the Order for maintenance of the I.O.B.A. in Hadassah hospital in Palestine.
Support for Jewish education in America was expressed in a resolution adopted. The efforts of the administration to lessen the hardships entailed by the present immigration laws were approved.
Public opinion of America was called upon to protest against the outrages upon Jews in Roumania and other European countries.
Max Silverstein and Max L. Hollander are slated for re-election to the offices of Grand Master and Grand Secretary at the election of officers, which will take place this morning.