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Paul Knabenshue Named Jerusalem Consul General to Succeed Heizer

September 27, 1928
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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Paul Knabenshue, who has been United States Consul at Beirut, Syria, has been appointed Consul General at Jerusalem, succeeding Oscar S. Heizer, who is now in America on leave and who will be assigned to a post in some other country and will not return to Palestine, it is learned by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency correspondent from the State Department. Mr. Knabenshue has not yet assumed his duties, but will probably do so in the near future.

The State Department denied the Jerusalem report that the Beirut Consulate General will be transferred from Beirut to Jerusalem. The only transfer involved is that of Mr. Knabenshue to Jerusalem but the Beirut Consulate General will remain open with the successor of Mr. Knabenshue in charge. Mr. Knabenshue has been promoted from the rank of Consul to that of Consul General in connection with his transfer.

The State Department also denied that the jurisdiction of the Jerusalem Consulate will extend to Mesopotamia, Syria, and Lebanon. The jurisdiction will remain over Palestine alone, it was stated. It was learned, however, that there has been talk for some time of the creation of the post of Minister Resident, an official such as the United States formerly maintained in Egypt. However, no action has been taken regarding this matter as yet. It was admitted that the aforementioned talk is due to the recognition or Jerusalem’s importance as a Middle East center.

Mr. Knabenshue is forty-five years old. He was born in Tolodo, Ohio and has been in the Consular Service many years having started his consular career in 1906 in Belfast, Ireland, where he served as Vice-Consul. He was also Vice-Consul in Cairo for a number of years and has been Consul in Beirut since 1919.

The new Rolland Yiddish Theatre of St. Johns Place and Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, erected at a cost of $1,000,000. was opened Monday night. Among those present at the opening were Borough President at the opening were Borough President James J. Byrne, Supreme Court Justices Edward Lazansky and Mitchell May and others.

The production was “The Song of Love,” played in Yiddish by a cast headed by Michel Michelesco, recently star at the Place Jewish Theatre, Chicago. Mr. Michelesco will be director at the new theatre.

The first services in the synagogue nearing completion at San Angelo, Texas, were held on the High Holidays. In addition to the San Angeloans, there were residents of Lometa, Brady, and Lubbock in attendance.

D. Goldman, president of the congregation, conducted the services. The topic for one of the sermons was “A Lesson from the Ruins of Angkor in French Indo-China.”

The synagogu is being erected at a cost of approximately $15,000. Formal dedicatory exercises will be held in a few weeks when the building is completd.

Andy Cohen Day was celebrated at the Polo Grounds on Tuesday when the Giants played the Cincinnati Reds. A purse of $1,500 was presented to Andy Cohen for being the first Jewish player to gain a regular place on the New York club. The Hebrew Orphan Asylum band played and many friends of the Jewish player attended the game.

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