Friday, June 3, 2016

B'nai B'rith Judah Touro Lodge, No. 998

In 1984 Bernard Kusinitz wrote "The History of Judah Touro Lodge of B'nai B'rith Independent Order of B'nai B'rith 1924-1979." In addition to the Lodge story, the 66 page booklet tells the story of the Newport Jewish community and how the lodge survived by rectreating itself as conditions changed in the community. It was Bernie's hope that, "G-d willing, B'nai B'rith will continue to play a major role in the social fabric of the Jewish Community of Newport County." I think you will enjoy the announcement for SPORTS' NITE on May 6, 1947, Abe Pechow, Publicity Chairman. Abe Pechow also organized the Bowling League, and on page four are the names of the members of the winning team from 1941. The complete list is "John J. Dannin, Captain, Dr. Arthur Josephson, Maurice Ginsburg, Irving Katzman, Monroe Doroff, and Reuben Brown. I look forward to seeing some of you at SPORTS' NITE! "This affair is strictly for men and boys." Shabbat Shalom! Thanks to Rabbi Marc Mandel for bringing the booklet to my attention.

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