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Western Jewish Youth Meet in Convention

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Jewish youth, assembled here in convention from all parts of the Pacific slope, today took upon their own shoulders the part that young Israel must play in the problems that face Jewry in the present world crisis.

It was the first day of the annual western convention of the Aleph Zadik Aleph, the junior B’nai B’rith. Sessions will continue for three days, with boys and young men in attendance from the Pacific Coast from Vancouver to San Diego and from Salt Lake City to the ocean.

While many matters are on the program effecting the work and activities of the organization, it was evident from the attitude of delegates and from the opening hours of the convention that the young B’nai B’rith are ready to tackle with all their strength the burdens which they claim as their own heritage in the present turbulent situation.

Discussions of anti-Semitic activities are under way. The Hitler regime has come in for its share of debate, and it is expected that a definite program of activity mapped out to combat much anti-Jewish propaganda will be formulated before the close of the convention.

Julius L. Sampson of Los Angeles, western president of the order, is presiding. The grand president of the national fraternity of A.Z.A. is in attendance—Harold Miller of Hollywood. Adriel Fried, western field secretary, is among a number of other leaders taking an active part in the program.

The convention schedule includes an oratorical contest, debate on current Jewish problems and a variety of other activities. A banquet Saturday night at the Hotel Bellevue will conclude the meeting.


Another younger member of the local Jewish community has won distinctive honor.

For the first time in the history of the University of California, a man who is not on the faculty has been appointed debating coach for the university. He is Sanford Goldner, a graduate student in the philosophy department and assistant director of Hillel Foundation at Berkeley.

Goldner has an outstanding record in forensics during his undergraduate days. He was selected as commencement speaker in 1929. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Goldner of this city.


Harry J. Sapper, executive director of the Oakland Federation of Jewish Charities, has been elected chairman of the Alameda County “Committee on Certification of Need”, which is organized to further approved projects of adult education under the CWS (Civil Works Service of the state government).

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