Madison, Wisconsin (Jul. 3)
Discrimination in rooming houses and in business against Jewish young men and women was deplored by Dr. I. M. Rubinow of Cincinnati, International Secretary of the B’nai B’rith, in an address during the sessions of the convention of District Number 6 here. The convention was attended by approximately 800 registered delegates, from ten Midwestern states and Canadian provinces.
“Economic discrimination against the Jew in America is the biggest problem before him today”, declared Dr. Rubinow. “Every sign ‘Gentiles Only, Wanted’ or a boarding house which draws the line is not only an insult, but an injury”.
Tributes to Solomon Levitan, Wisconsin’s State Treasurer; Louis Behr of Rockford, Ill., former University of Wisconsin athlete who was awarded the Kenneth Sterling Day cup for “the most Christian character shown by a student”; and the late Israel Shrimski, Chicago lawyer, all of whom were declared to have done much “to level antagonism between Jew and Gentile because of their splendid characters”, were paid at the convention by Ben Samuels of Chicago. An engrossed testimonial plate was presented to Solomon Levitan, past president of the District Grand Lodge.
William Sultan of Chicago was elected president of District Grand Lodge Number 6 at the Monday afternoon session. Other officers elected were: Harry Lashkowitz of Fargo, N. D., first vice-president; Sam Beber of Omaha, second vice-president; O. G. Felton of Chicago, secretary; and William Bensinger of St. Louis, treasurer. It was decided to hold next year’s convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.