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First A.z.a. Alumnus Heads B’nai B’rith District

July 11, 1940
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B’nai B’rith history was made today when Philip M.Klutznick, Omaha, former “Grand Aleph Godol” and executive secretary of Aleph Zadek Aleph, the junior B’nai B’rith, was elected president of District Grand Lodge No. 6, thus becoming the first AZA alumnus to head a district and become a member of the National Executive Committee.

Eddie Cantor, the actor, and President Henry Monsky of B’nai B’rith urged that all necessary sacrifices be made for national defense, addressing the banquet session of the 72nd annual convention of the district last night.

“Every man, woman and child in the United States must be ready to do voluntarily, freely and cheerfully what the peoples of Germany, Italy and Russia were compelled to by their dictators by threats, force, and terror if we in America are not to be tragically handicapped in mobilizing our defenses for the preservation of democracy,” Cantor told the 2,000 delegates and guests.

Monsky declared that the 150,000 members of B’nai B’rith and its affiliates “count no sacrifice too dear if only freedom may prevail” and pledged that “we of B’nai B’rith stand ready for that sacrifice today as we always have and always will.”

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