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(By our Webster Correspondent)

The House Rules Committee of the Massachusetts State Legislature voted to suspend the rule to admit a petition of the Jewish Ministers’ Hazanim Association to authorize cantors to perform marriage ceremonies. Former Representative Bernard Ginsbug of Boston said that for many centuries cantors have performed marriages and they did so in Massachusetts until recently, when it was found that under the state law only a rabbi may perform the cermony, which the pending legislation seeks to correct.

Work has been started by Contractor N. Beigelman of Roxbury, Mass, upon the erection of a new synagogue for Temple Ohabel Shalom at 117 Beacon Street, Brookline, Mass.

Congregation Chaie Odom has dedicated its new $115,000 synagogue on Nightingale Street, Dorchester, Mass. The new structure will seat 3,500.

Congregation Beth-El of Fall River. Mass. will erect a synagogue at a cost of $200,000.

District Six Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Associations of Southern New England have established a summer camp, “The Avoda,” costing $20,000, on the shores of Lake Tispaquin near Middleboro, Mass., and will be first used during July and August. The District Six includes Providence, Paw tucket, Newport, Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Taunton, Quincy, Plymouth and other cities and towns in the district.

The Associated Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association will hold their annual convention at Portland, Maine, Sept. 1, 2, 3.

A committee has been formed in Boston, Mass., to raise a fund of $10,000 for continuation of Maurice Schwartz’s Yidish Art Theater on a purely artistic basis. Max Goldberg is chairman of the committee, I. Feldman, vice chairman, and Alexander Shapiro, secretary and treasurer.

Rabbi A. Hiller Silver of Cleveland, Ohio, was the principal speaker at the 20th anniversary celebration of the Young Men’s Hebrew Asociation at Lynn, Mass., on June 21.

Atty. Louis Y. Gaberman has been elected president of the Emanuel synagogue of Hartford, Conn. The cost of the newly erected synagogue was $282,000 according to David Weinerman, chairman of the building committee.

Philip C. Joslin, former Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, praised the good work of the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El, Providence, in a public address in that city.

The Providence District of the Uniteds Palestine Appeal Association has raised $38,000 in its 1928 drive for funds.

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