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Plans for the coming United Palestine Appeal Drive in Zionist Region No. 5. comprising Zionist districts in Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, were laid at a regional conference held Sunday in the local Young Men’s and Women’s Hebrew Association, with 70 delegates in attendance. Dr. I.M. Rubinow, of New York, executive director of the National United Palestine Appeal, was the principal speaker.

The Pittsburgh campaign will officially open January 14, that of Union town will begin January 28, and the remaining communities will hold their drives the carly part of January.

Rabbi Herman Hailperin. of the Tree of Life Synagogue of Pittsburgh, was elected chairman of the regional drive. An amount of $125,000 was determined upon as the quota for Region No. 5, and of this sum Pittsburgh is asked to raise $75,000, the remaining $50,000 being divided among some 60 other communities.

Two Jewish national fraternities and two sororities held conventions in Pittsburgh during the past week. That of Sigma Alpha Mu, attended by over 300 visitors from every state in the union, closed Monday with a ball in the William Penn Hotel. Abe Pervin was general chairman.

Two hundred delegates, representing seventeen chapters gathered for the thirty-first annual meeting of Pi Lambda Phi which opened Friday and concluded Monday evening,

The Falk Memorial committee of the University of Pittsburgh met with architects recently to discuss designs and plans for the $750,000 Falk clinic and dispensary to be erected as part of the medical center project of the University. Michael M. Davis, hospital consultant of New York, and W. L. Smith representative of E. P. Mellon, architect, presented preliminary plans expected to be completed in a few months. Bids will be let and work started in early Spring according to Dr. R. R. Huggins, dean of the medical school.

The Falk clinic dispensary, a gift of Maurice and his late brother, Leon Falk, will serve as a dispensary for all the hospitals in the Pitt medical center group embracing the Children’s Hospital, completed, the Presbyterian Hospital, the Eye and Ear Hospital, and the Falk clinic.

Allan Davis, well-known play right of this city and a member of the Allegheny County bar, died on Tuesday. Mr. Davis, a faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh, was born in Pittsburgh, March 4, 1885. While at Harvard College he won the Pasteur gold medal for debate and the Boylston prize for public speaking. He was also one of the organizers of the first Zionist societies at Harvard, and the first president of the first college Menorah Society in the country.

He was on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, in the department of English, from 1907 to 1910, and then went to New York as educational director of the Educational Alliance, where he remained for a year. On his return to this city in 1911 Mr. Davis again devoted himself to writing and teaching.

Mr. Davis, admitted to law practice in 1915, was a member of the Judaeans of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, the Harvard clubs of Western Pennsylvania and New York, the Order of Moose, Knights of Pythias, and several natural history societies.

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