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Jew Appointed to Order of St. John

For the first time since the Order of St. John was founded in the 11th Century, a Jew has been appointed to high office, it was reported here. Maj. Louis M. Bloomfield, a well-known attorney and philanthropist of Montreal, has been elected president of the Quebec Council of the St. John Ambulance Association. Bloomfield was named Knight of the Order in 1965 and is the only Jew to hold that position.

The Protestant order, which was founded in England to help people in distress, has 5000 uniformed volunteers in Quebec Province and provides courses in first aid, home nursing and industrial accident prevention. It also provides ambulance service and first aid at all public gatherings.