New York Federation Drive Reaches $3,317,607; Coolidge Praises Work
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New York Federation Drive Reaches $3,317,607; Coolidge Praises Work

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Additional subscriptions of $112,574 toward the $4,720,000 goal of the tenth anniversary campaign of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies were announced by Frederick Brown, General Chairman of the campaign, at headquarters in the Hotel Pennsylvania. This brings the total to date to $3,317,607.

Henry Morgenthau, chairman of the Special Prospects Committee, and Eli H. Bernheim, Associate Chairman, met at the Uptown Club with William Goldman, Samuel D. Leidesdorf, Arthur Mayer, Samuel Mundheim, David Tishman, G. Richard Davis and I. Edwin Goldwasser. This committee to date has raised $175,000 for the federation.

Percy S. Straus, chairman of the Business Men’s Council of the Federation, has called a special dinner meeting of the councilors and division heads representing the 134 trades and professions participating in the campaign for next Monday night. Plans will be made for the final spurt in the campaign and reports will be submitted of the money raised this week.

Mr. Straus said that the first $3,000,000 reported represented for the most part sums which the Federation could rely on from year to year as regular subscriptions, but that the balance of the $4,720,000 sought was comparatively difficult to get, as it had to be obtained through new accounts from subscribers already on the Federation rolls.

Commissioner of Plant and Structures Albert Goldman reported that the workers in the Bronx division of the Federation were obtaining hundreds of new members, and that the Bronx expected to exceed $150,000, the amount raised last year.

Felix M. Warburg, chairman of the Board of Federation, addressed a meeting of jewelers at the Masonic Club and secured their pledge to raise their quota to $25,000. The jewelers met as the guests of Leopold Stern, Lowenstein, executive director of the Federation.

In a statement to the workers in the campaign Mr. Brown, general chairman of the campaign, quoted President Coolidge in endorsement of the Federation program. Speaking of the Federation, President Coolidge said: Your Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies is the central financial agency, 1 am told, for no less than ninety-one various philanthropies. Among them are hospitals, orphanages, a great relief society, a loaning organization, a home for the aged and infirm. The Young Men’s Hebrew Association do social and educational work of the greatest value. The Jewish people have always and everywhere been particularly devoted to the ideal of taking care of their own. This Federation is one of the monuments to their independence and self-reliance. They have sought to protect and preserve that wonderful inheritance of tradition, culture, literature and religion which has placed the world under so many obligations to them.

“In the work of this Federation they are rendering a service not only to their own people, but to the entire community. It may well be an inspiration to every charitable institution of the land. I want you to know that I feel you are making good citizens, that you are strengthening the Government, that you are demonstrating the supremacy of the spiritual life, and helping establish the Kingdom of God on earth.”

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