From the Galveston County Daily News:
Harmony can trace its roots to the Galveston of 1839.
Kessler, who has served B’nai Israel as rabbi since 1976, has been a member of Harmony Lodge since 1977.
In addition, he belongs to the Scottish Rite Masons, the Royal York Masons and the Grand Lodge of Texas.
The original Harmony Hall building, which was designed by Nicholas Clayton, was constructed for the Reform Jewish community of the island.
“One misconception about Freemasonry is that you have to be invited to join,” Clyde Wood, Kessler’s predecessor in office, said.
“Having a man like Jimmy Kessler will only add to the public’s favorable opinion of Harmony Lodge.
“He is well loved and respected, not only in the Jewish community, but by people from all walks of life on Galveston Island.
“We are proud to have him lead our lodge into the future.”
Congratulations, WBro. Kessler!