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Ort Supplies Russian Workers Knitting Needles

A shipment of $5,000 worth of knitting needles, to be distributed among Jews in Russia who gain their livelihood by knitting hosiery and sweaters, was ordered by the American Ort through the Ort Reconstruction Fund-Tool Supply Division, it was announced at the New York headquarters of the Ort.

Requests for a supply of needles have been made to the Moscow office of the Ort from many parts of Russia where 10,000 workers find their work hampered by the scarcity of needles in Russia. It was stated at the Moscow headquarters of the Ort that the treasurer of a hosiery cooperative mill in Odessa, employing six hundred operators, former merchants and middle men, carries his entire supply of needles in his pocket. These he rents for a day at a time to the workers. In the last two years, ten thousand Jews have taken to knitting hosiery and sweaters. They were aided by the Ort in securing necessary machinery, parts, and needles, but needles break and many workers are at present in need of a new supply. The present shipment will be distributed and a reserve kept on hand, the office of the American Ort stated.

Nahum Sokolow, Chairman of the Executive of the World Zionist Organization and prominent publicist, will be the guest of honor at a banquet Sunday, March 17, marking the twentieth anniversary of the Order Sons of Zion. The banquet will be held at Pythian Temple Max Perman, Grand Master of the Order, will be toastmaster.

The week of May 27th to June 2nd, which includes Lag B’Omer, will be observed as Jewish Book Week in Milwaukee. Wis. The Milwaukee Public Library is planning special exhibitions for the occasion.

The first Jewish Book Week was observed in Milwaukee during the week of Lag B’Omer last year.

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