Philadelphia Federation $3,000,000 Building Program Aids Unemployed

(Jewish Daily Bulletin)

The building program of the Federation of Jewish Charities which included new structures and alterations and improvements to old institutions during the past year entailed the award of contracts that called for the expenditure of approximately $3,000,000, Justin P. Allman, president of the Federation, reported.

All of the buildings included in the contract awards are now under construction with the exception of the Eagleville Sanatorium, where provisions were made for the care of an additional 200 men, women and children in the public and semi-private wards. Work on the remainder of the projects is being pushed to provide employment to workers of the city.

The buildings being renovated, according to Mr. Allman, were made available to contract by a fund of $4,000,000 placed at the disposal of the Federation by the Jewish community of the city through the building fund campaign conducted in 1926 under the leadership of the late Jules E. Mastbaum. Albert M. Greenfield is chairman of the building committee, which is composed of Judge Horace Stern, Albert H. Lieberman, Joseph J. Greenberg, Lessing J. Rosenwald, Jacob Billikopf, Dr. Cyrus Adler. Maurice L. Wurzel; Louis Wolf, Arthur Loeb and Mr. Allman, the last by virtue of his position as head of the Federation.

The two largest contracts awarded, according to Mr. Allman, were for Mt. Sinai Hospital, Fifth and Read streets, and Jewish Hospital, at York and Tabor roads. In both institutions provisions are being made for fifty maternity beds equipped with the modern appliances of obstetrical science. The beds will be devoted to patients unable to pay for medical service. A number of semi-private beds also will be provided. The completion of the new sections at Mount Sinai Hospital will represent an outlay of $1,200,000, while $750,000 will be spent on Jewish Hospital.

Another project will be the replacement of the Jewish Maternity Hospital. Sixth and Spruce streets, by the Rebecca Gratz Club, now located at 721 North Sixth street. The club is designed for young women financially unable to obtain homes in private residences. The enlargement of the present hospital structure to provide for the club accommodations will cost $75,000.

The Jewish Convalescent Home, the fourth item on the building program and which is located near Willow Grove, is nearing completion. It replaces the old structure at Torresdale. The institution, being erected at a cost of $250,000, is intended to provide a place of convalescence for Jewish men, women and children not yet prepared to return to the regular routine of their life disturbed by illness.

Other contracts call for the construction of two community centres, one at Fifth and Moore streets, and the other at Porter and Marshall streets. Alterations are being effected at the Jewish Seaside Home, where summer convalescence is provided for 800 women and their children.

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