Health Organization of Jews in England Describes Activities

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The second annual meeting of the Jewish Health Organization of Great Britain was held here today, under the chairmanship of Dr. Redcliffe N. Salaman. President.

The Organization. Dr. Salaman said, had become an important factor in the evolution of the communal responsibility of the Jews of England. An offshoot of the Oze, it had already done great work for Anglo-Jewry. Hitherto England had a fairly ample supply of institutions to meet the needs of the sick and poor of the Jewish community. The Jewish Health Organization was primarily a thinking organization which supplied the brain-power necessary to bring co-ordination into these different institutions. It acted mainly in an advisory, educative and consultative capacity. It was much better to prevent disease than to cure it. As a result of the investigations of the Organization into the conditions in 77 London Talmud Torahs, these institutions would become much more hygienic and suitable places.

Among the other work done by the organization was the relation of the incidence of myopia among Jewish children, which was sufficiently obvious for the London Country Council to approach the Health Organization with the request to take certain steps for the amelioration of eye-strain among Jewish children.

Another task by the Jewish Health Organization was to obtain statistics with regard to the Jewish population in England. It was very essential to obtain such statistics and the Organization was negotiating on the subject with the Board of Jewish Deputies.

Dr. Salaman spoke of the poor state of the finances of the Organization and appealed for warmer support from the Anglo-Jewish community.

Dr. A. H. Levy said that the problem of the private Chedarim still remained.

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