JUDGE LEVY HEAD OF B'RITH ABRAHAM
Presiding Justice of Municipal Courts Elected Grand Master at Atlantic City Convention.
PRESIDENT SENDS LETTER
Says Great Body of Jewish Citizenry Will Always Support Our Institutions.
Special to The New York Times.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., May 17.-A message from President Harding, read
this afternoon by Grand Master Gustave Hartmann, New York, at the
closing session of the Independent Order of B'rith Abraham, in
convention at the Steel Pier, brought a great demonstration from the
thousand delegates present. The letter follows:
"My Dear Judge Hartmann: Your telegrams of May 12 finds me
confronted with so much public business that I am compelled to
express my regrets at being unable to participate in the convention
of the Independent Order of B'rith Abraham at Atlantic City. Were it
possible, I should take much pleasure in personally presenting my
greetings and assurance of good-will and esteem to the
representatives of a great section of our Jewish population.
"Our large and patriotic Jewish population has ever stood as
testimony to the success of our institutions of democracy and
universal toleration. Those institutions have earned for our country
the devoted loyalty of all classes among our citizens, have made
possible our equality of human opportunity, and in turn deserve the
unqualified support of all Americans. I know that from the great
body of Jewish citizenry they will at all times have that support.
Very truly yours,
"Warren G. Harding."
Judge Aaron Levy, Chief Judge of the Municipal Court of New York
City, was elected Grand Master over Max Silberstein also of New
York. Max L. Hollander of New York was unanimously elected
Secretary, Adolph Stern, New York, First Deputy Grand Master, and
Julius Friedenburg, Boston, Second Deputy.
The Grand Master suggested that the order should make its
contributions to Palestine by voluntary subscriptions of the
individual lodges. The convention, by formal resolution, disapproved
of the attacks by Henry Ford's newspaper. The restrictive
immigration bill was also condemned.