$900,000 Subscribed by Philadelphians Opens Federation Campaign
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$900,000 Subscribed by Philadelphians Opens Federation Campaign

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(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

Twelve hundred men and women assembled at a dinner at the Hotel Benjamin Franklin, within half an hour subscribed $900,000 toward the $1,650,000 which the Federation of Charities of this city is seeking as a year’s maintenance fund.

The guests of honor were Mayor James Walker of New York, Mayor Harry A. Mackey of Philadelphia, William Elkus, president of the Welfare Federation of Philadelphia, and Mortimer L. Schiff of New York.

Mayor Walker, in his address, said he was the most “pro Jewish Gentile in the world.” “Show me a real Jew,” he declared, “and I will show you some one capable of self sacrifice. You Jews have for three thousand years suffered bigotry and prejudice. I wish to God that you didn’t have to conduct an offensive defensive and a defensive offensive in your social and economic life.

“My city owes an obligation to the Jewish people that it can never repay.

“This is an age of steel and iron and granite,” he said. “But no nation can succeed on its material possessions. It needs a soul, culture, heart humanitarism. In all these things you can find Jews in the leadership.”

He asked the guests to rise in memory of Jules E. Mastbaum.

Mr. Schiff, Mayor Mackey and Mr. Elkus addressed the gathering. “No people in the world have given as much to charity as the Jew.” declared Mayor Mackey.

Judge Joseph L. Kun presided. Louis Wolf, campaign chairman, called for the initial reports.

Among the larger contributors were Gimbel Brothers, $33,500; Albert M. Greenfield, $25,000; Jacob D. Lit, $25,000; Samuel D. Lit, $25,000; Jacob and Samuel Paley, $25,000; Benjamin J. Wasserman, $15,000; Benjamin Wolf, $13,000; Alfred W. Fleisher, $11,000; Samuel Gerstley. $10,000; Joseph J. Greenberg, $10,000; Albert Wolf, $9,000; J. Solis-Cohen, $7,500; Samuel and Benjamin Grabosky, $7,000; Nathan Snellenburg, $7,000; Louis Wolf, $7,000.

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