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B’nai Brith 2nd District Holds Annual Convention

As a result of yesterday’s elections during the closing session of the annual convention of Grand Lodge B’nai Brith, Second District, Joseph Cohen, of Kansas City, Kan., is president of the Order. Delegates to the convention decided to hold the 1934 convention in St. Louis.

Louis Kranitz, of St. Joseph, Mo., was elected first vice-president. Other officers were elected as follows: Justin Stillman of Columbus, O., second vice-president; Leonard H. Freiberg, Cincinnati, secretary, and Lou M. Frank of Toledo, treasurer. Freiberg and Frank were incumbent officers. Mr. Kranitz is the only new officer.

Samuel Goldstein, of Loraine, O., retiring president of the organization, presided at the last meeting of the convention. Philip Weisberger, of South Bend, was elected to the District General Committee. Three hundred candidates enrolled in the “World’s Fair Class” Sunday night.

The convention went on record as favoring the stand taken by B’nai Brith against anti-Hitler protests, although a paragraph in the committee report referring to this was deleted on the objection of Rabbi Samuel Markowitz of Fort Wayne.

Rabbi Markowitz contended that B’nai Brith is not opposed to protests held under “ostensibly non-Jewish auspices”, but the convention was against encouraging such protests lest they appear to be instigated by Jews, he said.

Sydney G. Kussworm of Dayton, O., reviewed practical accomplishments of B’nai Brith and pointed out that the organization is behind most of the steps taken by the government at Washington in behalf of the Jews.

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