State YMHA oratory contest held at Allentown Jewish Community Center, 1929
Abe Guterman Is Second in Contest Loral Representative Wins Gold Medal in Slate Y. M. H." A. Oratorical Meet Abe Guterman, of the Scranton Y. M. H. A. and representative of District 1, captured second place In the annual state V. M. H. A. oratorical contest Sunday night in the auditorium of the Allentown Jewish community center. Four contestants, representing as1 many districts, competed for honors. The local speaker, who earned the opportunity to speak in the finals through his victory in the regional orations held at Hazleton In February, had for his topic, "The Eternal Message on Israel's Prophets of Justice and World Peace." Joseph Levine, Pittsburgh, and the contender from District 6, won first place with a masterly address on "The Jewish Problem in America." Mr. Levin, who is a senior at the Univer sity of Pittsburgh, handled his topic in brilliant fashion. Another university senior. Jacob Sapovitz, of the, University of Pennsylvania, won third honrs. Mr. Sapovitz, Chester, the representative of District 5, spoke on "Jewish Spirit," , Miss Lillian Friedman, Allentown, representing District 3, spoke on "Israel's Miraculous Survival." . As a reward for their achievements, Mr. Levine was awarded a silver loving cup; Mr. Guterman, a gold medal, and Mr. Sapovitz, a silver emblem. The presentations were made by Lou Hertz, secretary - treasurer, 'of the Pennsylvania Federation of Y. M. H. Aj and Y. W. H. A S. Hyman Jtockmaker. president of the Allentown center and chairman of the executive council of the state federation of associations, presided. He introduced Isadore Abelson, field secretary of Pennsylvania for the Jewish Welfare board, who delivered an ad dress. The Judges of the contest were: Dr. Meens, of Lehigli university; Dr. Simpson, of Muhlenberg college, and Kaon Kapian, oi Allentown. Mr. Levtne's victory marks the sec ona ume in as many years tnat a Pittsburgh representative has won the annual event. Last spring, David Alben defeated a brilliant field to take first place.