Opening the 51st annual convention of Independent Order Brith Abraham, largest Jewish fraternal order in the United States, Grandmaster Samuel Goldstein yesterday urged expansion of the organization, renewed effort for the Palestine Jewish homeland, participation in the American Jewish Congress elections, support of inter-faith efforts to defend democracy and cooperation with President Roosevelt’s plan to aid refugees.
Approximately 1,000 delegates representing the order’s 500 loges, assembled at the Gardent Pier, heard Mr. Goldstein declare that “the Jewish people, who always cherished and practiced the ideal of democracy, should help in the organization of all liberal-minded people, all liberal leaders of all faiths and denominations, to form a union of liberal forces to combat the menace of ISMS in defense of democracy and liberal thought.”
President Roosevelt and Governor Lehman, in messages, praised the work of the organization. Supreme Court Justice Joseph B. Perskie, on behalf of Governor Moore, of New Jersey, greeted the convention, attacked anti-Semitism and urged Jewish unity. Judge Nathan D. Perlman, Past Grandmaster, announced that the organization will open an I.O.B.A. Palestine refugee colony next year.
Scheduled to be re-elected were Samuel Goldstein, Grandmaster, for a second term; Max L. Hollander, Grand Secretary, 26th term, and Max F. Wolff, first Deputy Grand Master, second term.
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