ALEXANDRIA (Aug. 12)
The annual report of the Jewish community in Alexandria has just been issued. All Jews attaining the age of 21 have to pay an annual contribution of 100 piastres, which enrolls them as members, and this money and many collections and charities are administed for the general benefit, in providing hospitals, free schools, cemetery, child aid, etc. together with provisions of milk, flour, medical comforts, etc., to the needy.
The budget for 1922, while showing a deficit of some Â£E.1.900, displays the great activities of the community in collecting and disbursing funds in relief work, and makes it clear that most of the deficit is due to exceptional expenditure which had not been provided for.
The report shows that there are about 26,000 Jews in Alexandria, and during the year of 1922 there were 153 births, 244 mariages and 384 deaths. The Jewish hospital treated 694 cases, while 31,188 persons visited the clinic.
Among the large number of charitable donations during the past year, there have been many in favor of Jewish immigrants who have passed through Alexandria on their way to Palestine and needed help, while the community also often finds itself under obligation of coming to the aid of stranded Jews who have tried and failed to make good in Palestine and are doing their best to make their way back to their homes.
There is a pro-Palestine Committee, which is engaged in collecting funds and gifts to help the Jews settling in Palestine.