United Jewish Campaign in New York Approaches $6,000,000 Goal
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United Jewish Campaign in New York Approaches $6,000,000 Goal

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Nearly $6,000,000 was raised in New York toward the $25,000,000 United Jewish Campaign, it was announced at a rally of 1,500 workers Monday night. It was decided to extend the campaign in New York until the entire $6,000,000 is secured. Acting Chairman David M. Bressler announced that the total had reached $5,761,000, an increase of over a half million dollars since the last workers’ rally on Thursday. The additional $239,000 and more, Mr. Bressler declared, would be raised by next Monday, when the local campaign will be concluded. Hundreds of workers announced their willingness to go on for at least another week. Mr. Bressler pointed out that notwithstanding that only a small proportion of New York’s Jewry had been approached to contribute to the drive, a larger sum of money has been raised than ever before in any single Jewish philanthropic campaign in New York.

Enthusiasm ran high at the rally. Chairmen of several trades, who had hitherto failed to reach their quotas, declared that the extension of the campaign would permit their trades to pass the amounts assigned to them, while other workers who had already reported completion of their quota expressed confidence that they would raise additional sums.

The motion to extend the campaign another week, to give the various divisions the needed time to make up the amounts still needed to fill their respective quotas, was made by Louis Marshall, honorary chairman of the campaign, and seconded by Felix M. Warburg, also honorary chairman. The vote of the assembled workers was unanimously in favor.

In his speech presenting the motion, Mr. Marshall pointed to the decisive effect for the immediate destinies of the Jews of Poland of the overthrow of the old government and the possibilities of new political and social adjustments presented by the revolution now taking place in that country.

“I haven’t the slightest doubt of the accuracy of what I am about to say, that as things have now shaped themselves in Poland the money we will be able to send there will do much more good than it could have done thirty days ago,” Mr. Marshall said. “This is a time when ready money will talk and act and achieve results. We have no doubt now that the money we are raising will save lives but we will also do a more important thing. After these lives are saved we will be able to reconstruct the industries of the Jews in Poland so that they will be able to become self – supporting. That is and really has been our great object. I have never had a moment’s doubt that we could do it, but now I am assured that our work will be greatly facilitated by the historic events of the last few days. I have never had any doubt of another thing, however much some people have stated otherwise, and that is, that the heart of the Jews of New York City is in the right place. It is said that the lion of Judea slumbers, but when he awakens he is ready for business and I think if we go on as we have gone on in this campaign, and enable people to visualize the terrible conditions that prevail in Europe, and what we are trying to do to help, that the Jews of New York, who have never been found wanting, will not be found wanting now,” he stated.

“It is no doubt true that we have fewer contributions than we have had in previous campaigns, but those contributions have risen to the occasion and have given an average amount which has never been equalled anywhere in the world.


“We are prepared to go on with this campaign until we have exceeded the $6,000,000 goal. That money is sure to come. I would favor the cessation of the active part of the campaign but the real campaign will continue as long as there is $1 to be secured from any Jew who is willing to give it. I would not consent that the chair man of this committee, Mr. Bressler the ladies’ division, and the other active workers should make any further sacrifice than this, that will be required to balance up the books and to give us something ‘over the top. That’s all we have a right to ask but we have a right to expect that those who have not yet responded should understand that we are making a new reform in the Jewish calendar. We are nearing the end of the month of Iyar. We will have another Iyar in necessary–seven weeks more until we get it all in. In order to use an expression which I have used several times of late, ‘they will all have to stand up and be counted.’ We shall now continue this campaign, I trust, by unanimous action. I move that this campaign continue until we have gotten very much over the top–at least until we show $250,000 over the $6,000,000,” Mr. Marshall concluded.

“The great heart of New York has revealed itself beautifully by the manner in which it has responded to our appeal, especially during the past few days,” said Mr. Bressler at the close of last night’s rally. “The total already obtained in this campaign is the largest sum ever raised from the Jews of New York for any one purpose and is in itself the best repudiation of the charge that is often made that this is a cold, indifferent, callous community. I am convinced that if we can keep working for a few days longer we will raise $6,000,000 and more by the end of the week.”

David A. Brown also addressed the rally.

The Women’s Division, of which Mrs. Abram I. Elkus is chairman, reached a total of $482,000.

Vice-Chairman Jonah J. Goldstein reported $13,000 additional from the Grand Street Boys Association bringing the total contribution of that organization close to $100,000.


Leon Lauterstein, chairman of the Rockaway division reported $235,000 against an original quota of $100,000.

Hugh Grant Straus, treasurer of the Brooklyn division reported a total of $875,000, an increase of $109,000 since last Thursday’s rally.

The New York campaign originally had a quota of $4,000,000. At a meeting of Jewish leaders at the home of Mr. Felix M. Warburg, early this year, through the insistence of Mr. William Fox, Chairman, it was raised to $6,000,000. The local drive was officially launched on April 25, at three banquets when $2,700,000 was subscribed.

The first million dollars in the drive was subscribed by nine individuals Mr. Warburg leading with $400,000 followed by Mr. Fox with $250,000 Frederick Brown, $100,000. Herbert H Lehman, $50,000, Benjamin Winter $50,000, Louis Marshall, $50,000, Henry Ittelson, $40,000, Commodore Louis D Beaumont, $30,000 and Samuel C. Lamport, for the Lamport Supply Company, $30,000. The Charity Chest of the Fur Industry appropriated $120,000 and other large gifts to the fund include: Workmen’s Circle, $50,000; Mr and Mrs. Simon Straus, $50,000; S. S and Lee Shubert, $50,000; Mortimer L. Schiff, $50,000; Joseph Leblang. $50,000; Amalgamated Clothing Workers, $50,000; Mr. and Mrs. Paul M Warburg, $30,000; Samuel Untermyer $30,000; Temple Emanuel, $30,000 Mrs. Jacob H. Schiff, $30,000; Paul Baerwald, $30,000; Adolph S. Ochs $25,000; Jacob K. Newman, $25,000 Aaron Naumberg, $25,000; Arthur Lehman, $25,000; Michael Friedsam, $25,000; Joseph Frankel, $25,000; Henry A. Dix, $25,000; Gregori Benenson, $25,000; A. H. Woods, $20,000; Jacob Sperber, $20,000; Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Sadowsky, $20,000; Ludwig Vogelstein, $15,000; Max D. Steuer, $15,000; Henry Morgenthau, $15,000; Mayer Bernhard, $15,000; Nathan J. Miller, $15,000; Mr. and Mrs. Goodhart, $15,000; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fischel, $15,000; Motty Bricken Construction Co., $15,000; Samuel Minskoff. $15,000; Benjamin Benenson, $15,000; William E. Lauer, $11,000; Truly Warner, $10,000; Meyer Vesell, $10,000; United Hebrew Trades, $10,000; Samuel Sachs, $10,000; Harry Sachs, $10,000; J. L. Rubenstein, $10,000; Joseph Polstein, $10,000; Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Pforzheimer, $10,000; Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund M. Lehman, $10,000; Sam Levy, $10,000; Arthur M. Lamport, $10,000; Otto H. Kahn. $10,000; Jewish National Alliance, $10,000; “Jewish Daily Forward,” $10,000; Jerome J. Hanauer, $10,000; Simon Guggenheim, $10,000; S. R Guggenheim, $10,000; Murray Guggenheim, $10,000; The Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation, $10,000; Louis Gold, $10,000; Arnstein Bros. & Co., $10,000.

A testimonial luncheon at the Hotel Astor was tendered Sunday by leading members of the motion picture industry to National Chairman David A. Brown.


Both Mr. Bressler and National Chairman David A. Brown commented on the interest and sympathy with the campaign evinced by non-Jews not only in New York, but all over the country. This was characterized by Mr. Brown as “a reaching of brotherly hands across the boundaries of race and creed for united action in the cause of humanity.”

“In New York we have had the active cooperation of Governor Smith and Mayor Walker and religious and lay leaders of all denominations, including Cardinal Hayes, Bishop Manning, Rev. Dr. S. Parkes Cadman, Monsignor Yorke and the Rev. John Haynes Holmes. We have received substantial contributions from the Governor, from Cleveland H. Dodge, Judge George W. Olvany, Leader of Tammany Hall, Judge F., J. Gavegan, E. W. Fairchild and Ogden Reid, to mention just a few of the larger givers, and down the line to Italian women and colored elevator runners who have brought or sent contributions with messages of cheer and good will,” said Mr. Brown.

“Gov. Smith’s proclamation calling on the citizens of the State to contribute is not the only Gubernatorial endorsement of the campaign. Nationally we have the endorsement of Hon. Herbert Hoover and Gov. A. W. McLean of Nort Carolina and Gov. Alex J. Grosbeck of Michigan have called on the citizens of their respective states to bridge racial lines and make common cause in this humanitarian battle to save human lives,” he declared.

“One of the finest manifestations of good-will was the recent appeal of non-Jewish clergymen, publicists and educators to match our fund with another $15,000,000 raised entirely from Christians. I have no doubt that there will be a very substantial response,” Mr. Brown declared.

A junior division of campaign contributors is being organized by Vice-chairman Jonah J. Goldstein among boys and girls who will be confirmants in the synagogues and temples this week at the services of the Shebuoth holiday.

Following an appeal by Louis Marshall before the men’s club of the Eighth Avenue Temple of Brooklyn, approximately $15,000 was subscribed. The meeting, the last of the season, was attended by 500 men.

The quota of the state of Maryland in the United Jewish Campaign was increased from $500,000 to $750,000, a statement of the national headquarters declared. This action was taken at a conference in Baltimore at which David A. Brown was present, in view of the increase of the national quota of the United Jewish Campaign from fifteen to twenty-five million, it was stated. Jacob Epstein, who last September announced that he would contribute 10 per cent of the amount raised by his state, renewed his pledge which means that he will contribute $75,000.

The conference was presided over by Judge Eli Frank of the Maryland Supreme Court.

Charles Horowitz, for six years an assistant Corporation Counsel, has been appointed Assistant Counsel of the Port Authority, it was announced.

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