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New York Federation Reviews Its Activities for Twelve Months

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The Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies issued a statistical summary of the work done by its ninety-one constituent agencies during the twelve month period ending June 30.

The summary, made public by Dr. Solomon Lowenstein, executive director of the Federation, shows that the six medical care agencies, which received $1,171,395 this year from the parent body, took care of 27,987 hospital patients and that the dispensaries recorded 111,069 visits. The six hospitals in the Federation include Montefiore Hospital for Chronic Diseases, which gave more free service than any other non-municipal hospital in the city during the twelve-month period; Mount Sinai Hospital, which led the field in free service among the private general hospitals of the entire city; Hospital for Joint Diseases, the largest orthopedic hospital in the country; Lebanon, Jewish Maternity and Beth Israel Hospitals.

The report further shows that 2,765 orphans were housed daily by the Home for Hebrew Infants, the Hebrew Orphan Asylum, the Hebrew Sheltering Guardian Society and allied agencies some of which employ the boarding-out plan through private homes. Children numbering 1.382 who were discharged within recent years from the orphanages were placed in homes and supervised.

Through the Federation’s fresh air camps, 7,013 mothers and children were given vacations. The Institute for Improved Instruction of Deaf Mutes and the Crippled Children’s East Side Free School cared for 356 deaf and dumb and crippled children.

The Jewish Board of Guardians, which handles ali delinquency cases, sheltered, fed, clothed and educated for honorable self-support 318 delinquents and did preventive work with 3,014 individauals of whom 512 were given jobs and made self-supporting. This agency includes the Hawthorne School for boys; Cedar Knolls; the Shelter; Committee on Field Activities; Lakeview Home; Jewish Big Brothers and Jewish Big Sisters.

The Home for Aged and Infirm Hebrews sheltered and cared for 337 old men and women; the Young Women’s Hebrew Association and Young Men’s Hebrew Association provided 235 young men and women with comfortable living quarters at reasonable rates: the Burean of Jewish Education and six Talmud Torahs or Hebrew free schools gave all year round courses in Jewish education to 7.676 boys and girls.

Through the Hebrew Technical Institute and Hebrew Training School for Girls, 1,015 boys and girls were being taught useful trades.

The twenty community centers and settlements, including such agencies as the Young Men’s Hebrew Association of 92nd Street, Young Women’s Hebrew Association, Young Men’s Hebrew Association of the Bronx, the Educational Alliance, Federation Settlement and Emanuel Sisterhood, registered 28,321 persons in recreational and cultural activities.

The Jewish Social Service Association, formerly known as the United Hebrew Charities, gave financial relief and performed social service for 2,228 families during the twelve-month period. This agency, which receives the largest single budgetary allotment from the Federation, securing $667,309 this year, has for its object the development of normal family life, and the work involves not only the alleviation of present distresses but the attacking of fundamental causes of budgetary and other evidences of maladjustment.

The report of the ninety-one constituent societies of the Federation also includes a supplementary statement by the Federation, which shows that the Federation’s raising of funds is conducted at an administrative cost of four per cent.

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