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Progressive Order of West Opens 27th Convention Today

Morris Rothenberg, national chairman of the American Palestine Campaign, has been invited to deliver the principal address at the 27th convention of the Grand Lodge of the Progressive Order of the West, that will be officially opened on Sunday, July 26, at the Jefferson Hotel, and will conclude on Tuesday, July 28.

Preliminary conferences of the leaders of the Order begin today. The largest delegations are expected from Chicago and Philadelphia. Rabbi Ch. F. Epstein, Dr. Alex S. Wolf, Max Shulman of Chicago and other prominent Jewish leaders will extend greetings at the opening session. Mr. Rothenberg, New York lawyer and one of the leaders of the Jewish Agency, will deliver the principal address at the convention on Sunday afternoon. I. D. Goldberg, chairman of the convention committee and 1st vice-grand master, will introduce the grand master, Joseph Schiller of Chicago.

The principal business of the Sunday afternoon session will be the reading of the Grand Master’s message and a complete survey of the activities of the order, that will be presented by Morris Shapiro, the national Grand Secretary. The reports of committee, will also occupy the business of the afternoon session. In accordance with the regulations of the Order, grand master Joseph Schiller of Chicago will retire from active leadership. Petitions for the nomination of officers will be received at the second session.

The original purpose of the P. O. W. that was founded in 1896, was to fraternally unite the Jewish people of St. Louis in a beneficiary society, to promote friendship and good fellowship, to establish a Jewish hospital for the sick and needy and create other charitable institutions in the community as well as to give all possible moral and material aid to its members and those dependent upon them. For several years the existence of the Order was of a local character but it spread rapidly in many of the larger cities in the west, south, north and east, until the P. O. W. became one of the large Jewish fraternal organizations operating in more than 18 states of the Union, with 82 subordinate lodges. The insurance plan is based on the American experience table of mortality.

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