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A. Z. A. Opens Annual Convention in Pittsburg

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With more than 200 young men representing states throughout the Union and Canada is attendance, the sixth annual convention of Aleph Zadek Aleph, junior order of the Independent Order B’nai B’rith, was opened Friday morning in the Y. M. H. A. here.

Abe Shaw, of Kansas City, Grand Aleph Godol of the order, presided. Rabbi Sol B. Friedman, Monroe Fruchthandler, A. L. Worlk and City Solicitor Charles Walschmidt welcomed the delegates.

“The year now ending has seen a tremendous strengthening of the Order through new chapters and members,” declared Abe Shaw in his message to the convention. “Our total active membership last year was 1,806 and our alumni membership 160, while this year our membership records show a total active membership of 2,490 and an alumni membership of 175, an increased total of 32% active and 9% alumni. Thirty-three new units were added during the past year.”

Reviewing the religious, educational and social work during the past twelve months, he recommended the publication of a national magazine in the interests of the organization, that the A. Z. A. adopt a more impressive and longer first degree ritual, that an international best-all-around-Aleph award be established, that each chapter hold monthly educational programs committees, that each year’s convention assume one of the themes of the Aleph Zadek Aleph, and that the convention adopt a message of congratulation in honor of Alfred M. Cohen, president of the I.O.B.B. on his 70th birthday.

Among resolutions adopted were that national A. Z. A. Sabbath and Mother’s Day be permanent celebrations for all A. Z. A. Chapters, that all members on reaching their majority be granted life membership and that a national alumni organization be formed and that the financial income of the respective chapters be apportioned so as to give 15% to charity.

Friday evening community-wide services were held in the “Y” auditorium with Rabbi Goodman A. Rose, Beth Shalom Synagogue, officiating.

Laying of the cornerstone for the new Temple Beth-El and Jewish Center, Utica, N. Y., took place with Rabbi Nathan Krass of Temple Emanuel, New York City, as the principal speaker.

Rabbi Reuben Kaufman of Paterson, N. J., and Rabbi Isidor B. Hoffman, both former rabbis of Beth-El, Rabbi Jesse Bienenfeld of Syracuse, Rev. Theodore C. Speers, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, and Mayor Fred J. Rath of Utica delivered addresses.

Samuel Reichler, president of Temple Beth-El, presided.

A gift of $50,000 from Mrs. Aaron Naumberg to the Girls’ Home Club, New York, was announced by Mrs. Joseph Stroock, president. The gift make the club self-supporting less than a year after it started. Mrs. Joseph Stroock donated the six-story building which is the club’s home.

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