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(By our Columbus Correspondent)

The annual convention of District Grand Lodge No. 2 of the I. O. B. B. concluded here with the election of Isidore Feibleman of Indianapolis, as president.

Other officers chosen were: Samuel I. Seivers, first vice-president; Leonard H. Freiberg, of Cincinnati, second vice-president and also reelected secretary, and William Ornstein, of Cincinnati, reelected treasurer. The new General Committee consists of the following: King Baer, Toledo, O.; Louis Drucker, Cleveland, O.; Herman Cronheim, St. Louis; Eph Levin, Indianapolis; Rabbi Morris Bergman, Pueblo, Colo.; and Abe Weinfield, Columbus, O.

The District Court members are: Jack Friedland, Youngstown, O., president; Leo Sanders, Trinidad, Colo.; William Stone, St. Louis; and Samuel Fleck, Marion, Ind.

District No. 2 comprises eight States: Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Kansas, New Mexico, Wyoming and Colorado, and is considered the banner district.

Mayor James J. Thomas, of Columbus, welcomed the convention. Mr. Feibleman reviewed his past term as vice-president and gave recommendations for the future work of the order. Louis J. Borinstein, past president of the lodge, paid tribute to Mr. Feibleman in formally placing his nomination before the convention.

Grand President Alfred M. Cohen spoke on “Hopeful Signs,” in which he described events in American Jewish life and what B’nai Brith is accomplishing.

Reports from the various committees indicated that the Wider Scope Campaign, which is drawing near its conclusion, has been successful. The State Deputies reported. The B’nai Brith Hillel Foundation choir of the Ohio State University entertained the delegates at the Sunday evening banquet at the Deshler-Wallick Hotel and on Monday night Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver of Cleveland delivered a thrilling message on Jewish education, in which he declared that two out of every three Jewish children are receiving no Jewish education. He praised the work of the Hillel Foundation and asked them to establish as many as possible, so that Jewish education might be furthered. He concluded, “I believe God has destined the Jews of America to produce a Jewish culture that will excel the culture of the Golden Age of Spain.”

Following his address President Alfred M. Cohen asked Rabbi Silver to serve on the Board of Directors of the Hillel Foundation, an honor which he promptly accepted. Akron. Ohio was chosen as the meeting place of the 1929 convention.

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