Philip Cowen, noted leader in Jewish affairs, publisher and author, one-time envoy to Russia in the administration of President Theodore Roosevelt, and who for many years was connected with the Immigration Department, was tendered a reception by the Manhattan-Washington Lodge of the B’nai B’rith, on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, at the clubhouse at 3 West 69th Street, Wednesday night.
Mr. Cowen’s record of civic and Jewish service as well as his literary achievements were praised by Charles Horowitz, acting corporation counsel of the city of New York; Dr. Nathan Stern, rabbi of the West End Synagogue, and Theodore Badman, member of the executive committee of the B’nai B’rith. Mr. Cowen has been a member of the B’nai B’rith for fifty years and has been secretary of the Manhattan-Washington Lodge for twenty-five years. He was one of the founders of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association. During Mayor Seth Low’s administration, Mr. Cowen was Supervisor of the City Record.
In honor of Mr. Cowen’s birthday, the Manhattan-Washington Lodge has organized an employment bureau which will undertake to secure positions for those members of the lodge who have been unable to do so.
Among those who sent messages of congratulations were: Governor Herbert H. Lehman, Felix M. Warburg, Samuel Levy, borough president of Manhattan; Congressman Samuel Dickstein, Congressman Sol Bloom, Congressman William I. Sirovich, Rabbi Jonah B. Wise, Rabbi Louis I. Newman, Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Schulman, ex-Congressman William W. Cohen, Ludwig Vogelstein and Morris White.
Moritz Rothenberger, president of the lodge, acted as toastmaster.