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Jews in Seattle Renew Activities

There has been considerable activity in Jewish communal affairs here this week, including the launching of a “Dollar Drive” to raise $5,000 towards redeeming a $42,000 mortgage on the Talmud Torah.

The establishment of a Religious School at the Herzl Synagogue, the only orthodox congregation here, was announced by Rabbi Philip A. Langh, who will supervise the school. Classes will start on September 10.

In the presence of more than 500 persons, the cornerstone for Seattle’s seventh synagogue, the Machzikay Hadath Shul, was laid this week. Jewish leaders from all parts of the Northwest offered congratulations. Rabbi Baruch Shapiro, orthodox leader and head of the congregation, delivered the principal address. G. Rubin is president of the congregation.

Among those who spoke were Councilman David Levine, Seattle’s only Jewish councilman; Rabbis Solomon P. Wohlgelernter, David Behar, Ezra Bessaroth, M. Scharhon, and Albert Levy, principal of the Sephardic Talmud Torah.

A feature of the cornerstone laying was the presence of King County Commissioner, John C. Stevenson, who participated for the first time in such a function. The sum of $1,855 was raised at the ceremony. The synagogue, a two-story brick structure, is to cost $10,000.

Leo Weisfield, long a leader in B’nai B’rith activities, was appointed zone deputy for B’nai B’rith lodges in the state of Washington and named to head a district grand lodge committee which will aid smaller lodges throughout the state in sponsoring get-together luncheons.

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