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A BRIGHT, NEW FUTURE AWAITS THE FREE SONS OF ISRAEL
THE OLDEST JEWISH FRATERNAL BENEFIT ORDER FOR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES
CHARTERED 1849. WINTER EDITION 2014 Vol. 13, No. 1
Grand Master's Message
My Dear Free Sons and Daughters,
This past year has been both challenging and rewarding, we have survived Hurricane Sandy and issues with the IRS regarding the Foundation and Scholarship Funds, we have persevered and will move ever forward.
Earlier this year I envisioned a possible merger with Workmen's Circle. The encumbrances far outweighed the benefits from such a merger and discussions were discontinued . But all was not lost, Workmen's Circle has offered the FSI a small space in the main offices on 37th Street near 6th Avenue. The Grand Lodge will have a new home providing the FSI a place to archive photographs and artifacts and to have meetings at this state of the art office.
Our esteemed Grand Secretary, Ron Laszlo will continue working at home.
Funds raised for Hurricane Sandy have still not been donated due to some technical issues with the IRS regarding the standing of our F & S Funds. Moving forward at the first meeting of the Foundation Fund in 2014 we will decide where our donation for victims of Hurricane Sandy will be most helpful.
The Foundation and Scholarship Funds are the true legacies of our Organization.
Leon and Ron with the Scholarship Fund and Sondra, Lew, Ron and Stephen with the Foundation Fund have made a
difference to the individuals and groups we have donated to. We are proud of them and thank them for their work and accomplishments over many years.
The Foundation Fund's $100,000 donation to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. during Stephen Kirschner's tenure as GM makes every FSI member proud. The Free Sons of Israel is enshrined on the wall for all to view.
During 2014, I look forward to continuing these efforts and supporting worthy students, projects and charities.
This year is also the Triennial Convention and the 165 anniversary of the Free Sons of Israel.
We will celebrate both at a convention to be held this August.
Steven A. Ostrow
Grand Master, FSI
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