Two Jewish Organizations Defer Annual Conventions in Accordance with Roosevelt Plea

Acting in accordance with the general recommendation of President Roosevelt to defer conventions not closely related to the war effort, the Independent Order Brith Abraham and the Agudas Israel Organization of America announced the postponement of their regular annual conventions this year.

In his annual report made public today, Herman Hoffman, Grand Master of the Independent Order Brith Abraham, calls upon the members of the Order to help destroy Hitlerism through all possible sacrifices. He also points out that the Jews of America must prepare themselves to make unusual sacrifices for the post war economic restoration of European Jewry. “Millions of Jews who may survive after the war will be physically and financially ruined. They will face a dismal future unless help is sent to them by their American brethren,” he points out in his report.

Emphasising that the IOBA “has always been a staunch supporter of Palestine as a Jewish Homeland,” Mr. Hoffman says in his annual message that “it is our fervent hope that, when peace shall be finally made, those seated at the peace table will bring about the establishment of Palestine as a haven for the homeless Jews.”

Mr. Hoffman urges support of the Jewish organizations in America. He suggests that a “third front” should be established in America to stop discrimination and bigotry. “The growing seeds of anti-Semitism must be destroyed,” he says.

The Agudas Israel, instead of its regular annual convention, will hold a “conference for Torah and religious life” at Belmar, New Jersey, attended by orthodox Jewish leaders from various cities, it was announced today.

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