Saratoga Springs (Jun. 23)
The establishment of a colony in Palestine by contributions to the Jewish National Fund and the taxation of members for the reconstruction work done by the Ort and Peoples’ Tools Campaign in Eastern Europe were approved by the 44th annual convention of the Independent Order of Brith Abraham meeting here. Nearly 900 delegates representing 426 lodges in all parts of the country are present.
The convention, which is being presided over by former Congressman Nathan Perlman, Grand Master, received greetings from President Hoover expressing appreciation for “the high service this Order has done through teaching and practice of the best ideals of humanity and citizenship”. Greetings were also received from Lieutenant Governor Lehman. Former Judge Irving Goldsmith welcomed the delegates to the city on behalf of the mayor.
In his presidential message, Grand Master Perlman reported that the Order now has 103,793 members, 51,610 being women. Class A membership has 95,977, class B 2,360, class C 5,456. He recommended the elimination of membership classes and the creation of one type of membership. A financial report showed that on June 1, 1930 the endowment reserve fund amounted to $2,022,980.
Dr. Samuel Margoshes, editor of the “Day,” speaking in the name of the Jewish National Fund, appealed for the creation of a Brith Abraham colony in Palestine. Harry Lang spoke for the Ort and the Peoples’ Tool Campaign and Bernard Richards spoke for the American Jewish Congress.