Eight hundred men and women attended a luncheon and reception at the Hotel Pennsylvania yesterday in honor of Felix M. Warburg upon his return from a five month world tour. The reception was arranged by the Business Men’s Council of the New York Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies.
After describing experiences of his tour, Mr. Warburg discussed the plan to eliminate as far as possible the “campaign” from the money-raising program of the New York Jewish charities.
“In previous years,” Mr. Warburg said, “Federation raised a good proportion of its funds by means of annual fall campaigns. Effective as this method was, it brought with it the type of appeal that at times approached the sensational. It cost Federation last year many thousands of dollars for a multiplicity of features accompanying the excitement of a money-raising campaign. Is it possible to save Federation this great expense of a campaign?”
Those present yesterday endorsed the plan to secure pledges totaling $4,924,840 for the budgeting requirements of Federation.
The reception committee, of which Edwin S. Friendly was chairman, included volunteer workers in 134 trades and professions. After hearing reports on the work already done by the Committee on Stabilized Giving, led by Mortimer L. Schiff to convert special donations into regular subscriptions, those present signed a pledge of service.
William Goldman, chairman of the Business Men’s Council Board. announced that more than $300,000 has been raised through the stabilized giving plan and that S. W. Straus will head a committee for membership extension.
The plan calls for two thousand men and women to sign the pledge of service approved by the luncheon group and to visit twenty thousand prospective subscribers without the aid of dinners or rallies to create enthusiasm. The Federation does not plan to develop any other machinery this fall to raise the funds.
Other speakers included Sol M. Stroock, president of the Federation, who presided; Arthur Lehman, associate chairman of the board, who recently returned from an extended tour; William H. Gratwick, president of the State Board of Charities: Dr. Frederick B. Robinson, president of the College of the City of New York; S. W. Straus, Frederick Brown, general chairman of the 1925 and 1926 campaigns and Solomon Lowenstein, executive director of the Federation, who returned yesterday on the Albert Ballin from a trip to Europe and the Orient.
The Congregation Bnai Joseph, of Brooklvn. held installation ceremonies for its new rabbi, Rabbi Moses Klein, at the synagogue Sunday afternoon.
Dr. Samuel Buchler, Cantor Samuel Vigoday, of the Ohab Zedek, Manhattan, and Rabbi Lazar Schemfeld of The Bronx, participated in the exercises.