The Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies, representing ninety-one Jewish charitable agencies, launched its tenth anniversary campaign for $4,720,000 Sunday, with 134 meetings in as many rooms of the Hotel Pennsylvania. These meetings were followed by an exhibit of the work of the Federation, and a rally attended by about 3,500 workers. Speeches were made by Max D. Steuer and Sol M. Stroock, president of the Federation.
Frederick Brown, general chairman of the campaign, was at the head of a reception committee which passed from room to room during the afternoon and discussed the campaign plans with the chairmen of the various trade and professional committees. the campaign then got under way at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, when the councilors and division heads of the trades and professions were addressed by Z.S. Bernstein, associate chairman of the trades organization committee. He described the plan whereby each of the 3,500 individual workers received the names of ten prospective subscribers.
In addition to Mr. Brown, the members of the general committee are Solomon Lowenstein, executive director; Percy S. Straus, chairman of the business men’s council, and Felix M. Warburg, chairman of the board.
In his message to Frederick Brown, General Campaign Chairman, Governor Smith declared:
“I cannot refrain from sending a word of encouragement to the federation on the occasion of its tenth anniversary campaign. As I have frequently said, the problems which you have to solve parallel many of those which we must deal with in the State.
“You organization, however, touches social questions at so many different angles that it commands the whole field of activity. It is from organizations like yours that the State learns. You point the way in standards of administration, methods of work and apprehension of needs. In ten years you have demonstrated the usefulness of a federated organization like yours and laid the foundation for what I am sure will be an important and successful future.”