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February 16, 1926
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Disquieting news was received here from Bucharest. Riots which assumed the proportion of an anti-Jewish pogrom lasted all day yesterday. Jewish passersby were attacked in the streets. A number of anti-Semitic students attempted to penetrate to the royal palace. A regiment of infantry and grenadiers dispersed the mob. Thirty-one were arrested.

BREVITIES

Arguments in support of the resolution that the present tendency toward race consciousness among the American Jews is to be deplored were considered the more convincing by the three Judges of a debate last evening between teams representing the Emanu-el League of Temple Emanu-el and the Junior League of Temple Beth.El. The former supported the affirmative. The debate was held in the vestry rooms of Temple Emanu-El, Forty-third Street and Fifth Avenue, New York, the Rev. Dr. Nathan Krass presiding.

The affirmative was upheld by Carlos Israels, Alvin Grauer and Fred Behrens, and the negative by Edward Levin, David Stein and Milton Levine. The judges were Mrs. J. Astrove, Herman Bachrach and Leopold Demuth.

Recognition was accorded to Edgar J. Kaufman of Pittsburgh, president of the Kaufmann Department stores at a meeting of the executives of twenty-two of the largest department stores in the country, as a pioneer in the field of Personnel Administration and Research in department store organization. Mr. Kaufmann was the instigator for the creation of the unique Research Bureau for Retail Training, situated in Pittsburgh and serving stores throughout the country, W. H. Hawkins, Director of Jordan Marsh’s in Boston declared that Mr. Kaufmann is to be credited with first facilitating the application of scientific methods to personnel administration in department stores.

Mr. Kaufmann is very prominent in Jewish communal activities in Pittsburgh, being the chairman of the recently organized Business Men’s Council of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropies, a member of the Executive Board of the Y. M. & W. H. A. building, and a member of the advisory board for the United Palestine Appeal.

A reception in honor of Professor Boris Schatz, the founder of the Art Academy “Bezabel” in Palestine, will be given by the Jewish museum Association on February 18th at the Yiddish Art Theatre, New York.

Maurice Schwartz and his cast will perform the comedy “Tewie der Milchiger” by Sholom Aleichem and prominent Jewish artists will address the audience.

Philip Lowengart, for 61 years active in business circles in Portland, oregon, and the Northwest, died at the age of 75.

Mr. Lowengart was born in Frankfurt, Germany, October 31, 1851. He was 14 years old when he arrived in Portland in 1865.

Early in the ’90s he took the lead in the organization of the Portland Commercial club, which was the foundation of the present Chamber of Commerce. He was its first president.

He was one of the leaders in Congregation Beth Israel and at one time was vice president.

Isadore Zarakov, ’27, received the award of the Barret Wendail bat and the Wingate cup, the two trophies awarded at Harvard University baseball for the best offensive play, and the best all around exhibition.

Alfred Solomon won the one-mile championship in the amateur skating races in Chicago, Ill.

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