Jerusalem Committee Formed for Straus Non-sectarian Health Center

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Mail Service)

The Health and Welfare Center for All Races and Creeds will be the name of an institution to be established in this country shortly through the $150,000 fund established by Nathan Straus.

Dr. David de Sola Pool, rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, New York, who is here to inaugurate the work for the Health Center, formed a committee which will have charge of the work of building and constituting the institution. Dr. de Sola Pool stated to the representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency here that the site of the Center had been decided upon.

The Health and Welfare Center will have many departments. There will be a dietary kitchen, where apart from nourishing meals at low prices, diet instructions will be given to the people; dental treatment; Drop of Milk stations; pre-natal and post-natal instruction; a children’s playground, and a recreation ground. The principal institution will be in Jerusalem with branches in other parts of the country, Dr. de Sola Pool stated.

Dr. de Sola Pool stressed that the institution is to be of a non-sectarian character, as is everything accomplished by Mr. Straus. The American philanthropist has already sent several large sums for health and welfare activities among Arabs of Palestine, and the coming institution is a further evidence of his broad humanitarian spirit.

The Committee appointed by Dr. de Sola Pool is comprised of Miss Henrietta Szold, Dr. E. M. Bluestone, Miss Sophia Berger, Mr. L. Cantor (sanitary engineer). Miss Landsman (who is in charge of “Drop of Milk” stations), Dr. Kligler, Dr. Magnes and Mr. E. N. Mahl.

Demands of 700 shochtim for increased pay, strict observance of religious rites and recognition of their union threatened to bring a poultry famine to the Jews of New York.

Harry Baner, president of the Manhattan Borough local, and Isadore Corn, of the Kosher Butchers’ Union, announced that all shochtim will be ordered to cease work unless poultry dealers sign agreements with the union. The shochtim are asking a rate of $60 a week with $30 for helpers and $35 for the latter if they work Saturday nights. The threatened strike is a result of the refusal of some dealers to recognize the union.

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