At a testimonial dinner given on the occasion of his seventieth birthday at the Hotel Astor Sunday night, Nathan Lamport, President of the Yeshiva of America, announced a contribution of an additional $100,000 to the Yeshiva. This brings Mr. Lamport’s contributions to the Yeshiva to $200,000.
The dinner also commemorated Mr. Lamport’s twenty-fifth anniversary as President of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.
Samuel Levy, Chairman of the Yeshiva College Building Fund, praised Mr. Lamport for his devotion to the cause of Jewish education.
Mr. Lamport was not only responsible for the material protection that the Yeshiva would mean to Traditional Judaism but his invaluable service as President of the institution was a great spiritual blessing to the Jewish religion, it was pointed out.
Rabbi Moses S. Margolies announced that Mr. Lamport, on the occasion of his seventieth birthday, had donated his second $100,000 to the Yeshiva.
Judge Otto A. Rosalsky praised Mr. Lamport for his efforts on behalf of the Yeshiva.
The diners announced additional contributions to the Yeshiva, aggregating $500,000. Among those who announced increased subscriptions, besides Mr. Lamport, were Isaac and Jacob Lieberman. in memory of their brother, $33,333; Mr. and Mrs. Meyer Vesell, $50,000; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Levy, $50,000; Mr. and Mrs. Pincus Glickman, $25,000; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Gold, $50,000; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Polstein, $40,000; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Levy, $25,000; Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Polstein, $25,000; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Rosoff, $10,000; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Minskoff, $10,000; Joseph Ravitch, $10,000; Isaac Muss, $5,000; Gustavus A. and Harris Rogers, $5,000.
Mr. Lamport in acknowleding the tributes that were paid to him said: “Before I give an inheritance to my children, I feel that I must leave one for our people and our God. It is with this spirit that I have given $200,000 to our Yeshiva. I want no glory for giving expression to my great love for Judaism. God has been good to me. I am thankful to him for what fortune I have acquired. My gift and service to the Yeshiva is in small proportion to my sense of duty toward our cause.”
In a tribute to his father, Samuel C. Lamport said:
“Thank God, father, you have left your inheritance to the Jewish children of America. Your bequest, made while you are still fighting for our cause, is more glorious, richer and more thrilling than all the stocks and bonds you might leave to your children.”
Other speakers were Rabbi Isador Goodman; Harris L. Selig. Executive Director of the Yeshiva College; David A. Brown and Dr. Bernard Revel. President of the Faculty of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.