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Brith Abraham Urged to Take Leading Part in World Congress Preparations

Independent Order Brith Abraham was urged today as “the greatest unit and the strongest link in the chain of the American Jewish Congress” to “take a leading part in the preparations for the World Jewish Congress.”

Reading his Grand Master’s message at the opening session of the order’s three-day forty-ninth annual convention, Max Silverstein declared the organization supported the “movement for establishment of an international Jewish body of cooperation,” regarding this as “a paramount need in Jewish life.”

He reported that the order had been active in the American Jewish Congress and recommended that affiliation continue and that the executive board be authorized to contribute toward the A.J.C.’s activities.

A colony is to be established in Palestine called Nachlath I.O.B.A., he announced. A committee has been negotiating with the Jewish National Fund through which the order’s membership contemplates raising by voluntary subscriptions $25,000. The colony will be maintained by the J.N.F. and laid out in accordance with the order’s wishes to be “a home for members of our order and others who feel the urge of living in Palestine.”

Mr. Silverstein denounced present immigration laws as “extremely discriminatory and unfair” and urged that the conscience of the American people be awakened “to grant relief to people who desire to make this country their home.”

Max L. Hollander reported as grand secretary. His statement dealt largely with finances. Governor Lehman is scheduled to speak tomorrow.

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