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Gellman Renamed Head of Mizrachi; Prayers for Democratic Victory Held

The 24th annual convention of the Mizrachi Organization of America, which closed last night, reelected Leon Gellman as president. Other officers are Rabbi Meir Berlin and Gedaliah Bublick, honorary presidents; Rabbi Ashinsky, Pittsburgh, honorary vice-president; Rabbi Jacob Hoffman and Pinchas Churgin, vice-presidents; Rabbi Bezalel Cohen, Paterson, N.J. honorary secretary; Mordecal Kirshblum, executive secretary; Mordecai Nadler, treasurer.

A banquet which was to have closed the convention was cancelled because of the present war situation and instead a session was held at which prayers were held for a democratic victory. Rabbi Isaac Rubenstein, formerly of Wilno, asserted in an address that American Jewry was still indifferent in this crucial hour and too confident of its security.

Final resolutions pledged support of the United Jewish Appeal, the American Jewish Congress and the Interfaith Committee to Aid the Democracies. Greetings were sent to world Mizrachi headquarters in Jerusalem. In addition the convention approved a manifesto urging American Jews to cooperate in support of the Torah and a resolution condemning the Reconstructionist movement as “a danger of Orthodox Judaism.” Bublick was delegated to visit South America on a mission for Mizrachi.

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