Baltimore (Jan. 16)
Warburg, Marshall, Brown and Samuel Address Gathering (Jewish Daily Bulletin)
A total of $340,280 towards Baltimore’s quota of $750,000 in the United Jewish Appeal, which includes the United Jewish Campaign and the United Palestine Appeal, was raised at a banquet here last night at the Lyric Theatre. The campaign was launched not only for Baltimore but for Maryland, opening dinners being held simultaneously in cities and towns throughout the state.
Jacob Epstein and his family, including Mr. and Mrs. A. Ray Katz and Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Lansburgh, pledged to contribute 10 per cent, of the total amount subscribed in the campaign. In the event that the total reaches $1,000,000, they will give $100,000.
Felix M. Warburg, Louis Marshall, David A. Brown and Maurice Samuel were the speakers. Manuel Hendler, chairman of the Baltimore campaign, acted as toastmaster.
Mr. Warburg told of his visit to the lands where the funds being sought will be spent and of the conditions under which the Jews in these lands are living. He spoke of Jewish peasants in Russia and declared, “My children and your children are no better than the children of these poor people.” He outlined the work of the Joint Distribution Committee in attempting to raise $21,000,000, $10,000,000 of which has been raised.
The audience cheered with great enthusiasm at the mention of the name of Dr. Joseph A. Rosen.
Mr. Marshall said that Dr. Rosen was one of the greatest Jews that America has produced, he having surrendered all of his American interests to teach foreign Jews the cultivation of the soil according to scientific methods.
Mr. Marshall said the campaign was based on the postulate that the Jews of other countries were as much entitled to live as American Jews. He called 1914 the worst year in the history of Israel. In that period few Jews in Europe would have survived their deprivations and hardships if American Jews had not helped them, he declared. European Jews have been aided financially without regard to whether they were conservative, reform or radical. He said the work done by American Jews in the stricken lands was a miracle.
Mr. Brown gave a graphic account of events in Eastern Europe and Palestine and urged financial aid for Jews living there. He said he and others on the Committee had indorsed a note for $1,000,000 in order that the work might go on.
Maurice Samuel spoke on present conditions in Palestine and pleaded for continued support for the upbuilding work of the Jewish National home.
Six hundred workers in the Baltimore campaign will begin a canvass of the city today. The first of a series of daily luncheons of the workers will be held Tuesday. The canvassing will be confined to Jews in Baltimore.
Albert Barney made the appeal for subscriptions at the banquet after the addresses had been delivered. H. L. Kaplan, A. Ray Katz, Aaron Straus, Judge Eli Frank. Harry T. Kellman, Dr. Harry Friedenwald, William Levy and Louis Blaustein were others who were at the speakers table.