Nathan Straus has given $250,000 for the creation of a Health Center in Jerusalem conducted along American lines for the benefit of all races in Palestine.
Announcement to this effect was made by Mrs. Irma 1. Lindheim. national president of Hadassah, at the opening of the mid-winter conference at the Hotel Manhattan Square. The new health center will be known as the Nathan and Lina Health Center. It will be conducted by the Hadassah. The Health Center will contain a laboratory for the pasteurization of milk similar to those established by Mr. Straus in America and Europe.
The conference also engaged in a discussion of the problems of American Jewish life.
Intermarriage, the size of Jewish families, the correlation of Hebrew traditions and religious holidays to American life and the problem of the Jewish woman’s relation to her family as contrasted to the calls of the outer world were considered in an address by Mrs. Sylvan Robison.
Mrs. Nina Adlerblum urged a more energetic membership campaign.
A gift of $5,000 by Motty Eitongon to start a fund for a Jewish child study plan which Hadassah will undertake was announced by Mrs. Lindheim, at the Tuesday morning session.
A year ago Mr. Straus established a $150,000 fund for the Health Center. Following the visit of Dr. David de Sola Pool to Palestine this year a committee was formed in Jerusalem which is in charge of the organization work.
COMMUNICATION TO THE EDITOR
Your issue of Dec. 14th reports that San Francisco and Oakland, California, are the only two cities in the United States which have developed organizations for an annual drive to cover their respective obligations to national and foreign philanthropic agencies.
May I add the Jewish Federation for Social Service of Dallas, Texas, to the Jew cities in the country that are operating such a program. We have just completed our fourth annual campaign for $55,000, which fund is distributed to five local organizations, twelve national and twenty-five international institutions. All the institutions sharing in our budget are loud in their praise of the allotment system, and there is no one in Dallas who would countenance a return to the old system of individual solicitation by each institution.
Our Federation is not a member of the Community Chest, although last year sixteen per cent of the funds of the Chest were contributed by Jews, notwithstanding that we represent only two and one-third per cent of the general population. This fact is particularly singular in that the General Chairman of the Community Chest drive this year is a Jew, who was the General Chairman of the Federation drive a year ago, as well as the Executive Secretary of the Community Chest being a Jew, prominent in the affairs of the Jewish community. In spite of this, it is not likely that our Federation will affiliate with the Community Chest, as there is a unanimity of opinion that we should operate independently.
SAMUEL C. BLUMENTHAL, Executive Director.
Jewish Federation for Social Service.
Dallas, Texas, Dec. 22, 1926.