Life of North American Jewry in Review
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Life of North American Jewry in Review

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The growth of anti-Semitism in America and measures that the B’nai B’rith should take to combat it constitute the principal issue before the seventy-first annual convention of District Grand Lodge No. 4, which is being attended here by more than 1,000 men and women from forty-two lodges and twenty-nine auxiliaries in seven Western States and British Columbia.

David Blumberg, of Los Angeles, thirty-third degree Mason, is expected to be elected president. P. Allen Rickles, of Seattle, now second vice-president, is likely to be made first vice-president, which would put him in line for the grand lodge presidency in 1935.

One of the largest contingents at the convention is that from the Seattle lodge, numbering over two hundred members and their wives, and headed by president Ben A. Maslan.

Richard E. Gutstadt, past president, came from Chicago to deliver the keynote speech on Tuesday. Judge I. M. Golden, just named to the Superior Court in San Francisco and a strong proponent of boycott against German-made goods and shipping, is among those present.


P. Allen Rickles, highest ranking B’nai B’rith officer in the State of Washington and Seattle Jewish leader, assailed the Nazi policy of relegating woman to the background before several hundred delegates to the Women’s Grand Lodge, District No. 4.

Mrs. Revella Levine, Mrs. Juliet Rickles and Mrs. Rose Elkan, reelected assistant secretary of the Women’s Grand Lodge, were delegates from Seattle.

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