Daily Digest of Public Opinion on Jewish Matters

“Whatever may be said of the future of American Jewry, it must be admitted, however, that we are passing through an epoch of great energetic constructive work in all phases of Jewish life”, says the “Jewish Daily News” in an editorial of December 28th.

“A perusal of the Jewish press of one week will show a great many activities in all Jewish sections of New York, an energetic work of money raising for Jewish purposes to strengthen and improve Jewish life here.

“We will not exaggerate in saying that from two to three thousand sermons, speeches and lectures are being delivered every week on Jewish subjects. These sermons, speeches and lectures are delivered to millions of listeners which shows how the great percentage of Jews are eager to listen to anything that pertains to Judaism and where there are people who are willing to lend their ear there are also many who are ready to lend hearty support.

“Most of these speeches are calculated to bring the Jewish public nearer to Jewish thought and sentiment. No matter how much the speakers may differ in their opinions, the great majority of them agree that Jews should maintain their national life and traditions. This is something that should not be underestimated, in discussing the Jewish situation in America.

“It is difficult to appraise the great effort of the Jews of America to maintain their talmud torahs, parochial schools and various other educational institutions, synagogues, centers, Y. M. H. A., etc. The Jews of America are not idle spiritually. There are many active workers, many supporters, and many preachers and above all, the Jews of America are vitally interested in Jewish affairs. Let us hope for good results.”

JEWISH FEDERATION HELD UP AS MODEL

The N. Y. “Times” of Sunday lauds the work of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies and recommends that this organization be taken as a model for the better administration and coordination of the private charities of New York City. The “Times” says:

“The Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies has in the last few years presented a model of successful cooperation in the distribution and use of funds for the support of all phases of social welfare maintained and administered by Jewish agencies in this city. These include hospital, child-caring institutions, schools and societies for the handicapped and organizations for helping families. The entire amount required has been raised as a common fund and apportioned to the several agencies, with the result that there has not only been a complete covering of the field through cooperation, but also elimination of waste through the avoidance of overlapping. It is an admirable model for a wider administration and coordination among the private charities of New York City.

“The Jewish Federation is giving a lesson in scientific charity that yet maintains the finest humane spirit.”

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