Saratoga Springs (Jun. 24)
Nathan Perlman was reelected Grand Master and Max Hollander, Grand Secretary, at the concluding session of the 44th annual convention of the Independent Order of Brith Abraham which was featured by an address by Governor Roosevelt. The Governor urged the Order, the largest Jewish fraternal organization in the world, to give its aid to social welfare. After the Governor was introduced he received a tremendous ovation.
The 900 delegates to the convention adopted resolutions voicing strong condemnation against the restrictions being exercised against Jewish applicants for employment, advocating humane and beneficial immigration laws, opposing alien registration, opposing calendar reform, promising aid to the Hias and endorsing the Allied Jewish Campaign.
After a heated debate the elimination of the A. B. and C. membership classes was voted. The recommendations of a special committee appointed at the last convention on membership were adopted. These recommendations are: no increase in the present payments by class A members, that as many members as possible, without regard to their age, shall transfer from class A to class B or C without physical examination and that the insurance plan of class B be changed so as to be more attractive to new members and to those who may transfer from class A.
Other recommendations that were voted provided that the rates to be paid under all class B plans shall be an adequate rate to include one dollar per annum on each $500 of insurance, which sum shall be set aside in a fraternal fund for the exclusive benefit of the members remaining in class A, that wherever possible small lodges shall amalgamate, that the constitution of the Grand Lodge be amended so that any sum to the credit of class B over and above 110 per cent of solvency may be used for the benefit of class A.