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Sees Argentine Faced with Same Problems of U.S. Jewry in 1880

“We are faced in Argentine with the same situation as existed in the United States some fifty years ago, a real melting pot of numerous Jewish nationalities which are being converted into pseudo-Latins, but still retaining good sentiments and goodwill toward Judaism.”

Thus wrote J. B. Eddis, president of the B’nai B’rith Argentine Lodge, in a letter to Hon. Alfred M. Cohen, international president of B’nai B’rith, telling him of the installation on Sunday, July 27, of this new lodge in Buenos Aires, the first in Argentine. Mr. Eddis sees in the establishment of the B’nai B’rith lodge in his country an opportunity to “awaken the younger generation of my fellow Jews to a sense of duty to their own race.”

The work of preparation for the installation of this new lodge was facilitated by Gustav Gottschalk, past president of the B’nai B’rith lodge in Stuttgart, Germany, while on a visit with his children who are settled in Buenos Aires. Before leaving Germany, he was commissioned by the Grand Lodge of Germany to form the Argentine Lodge.