Worcester, Mass. (Dec. 1)
Activities in Worcester By Our Worcester Correspondent
The United Jewish Charities of this city will receive $19,000 from the Worcester Welfare Federation Golden Rule Fund, which closed its annual drive this week, collecting $451,851. The organization is expected every year to raise its share in the fund by contributions of Jewish members of the community, and has done so.
Because of poor business conditions the Beth Israel Congregation has postponed its campaign for $75,000 for the building of a new synagogue. The drive started during the High holidays, with a contribution of $5,000 from Harris Glick. It already has $26,000 in pledges. The congregation numbers about 250 members, but has no permanent rabbi. For the holidays and special meetings, a leader has generally been invited from New York.
The Jewish Labor groups of the city will this week inaugurate plans for the annual Palestine Labor campaign. Last year, the group raised $5,000. Abraham Hamlin of Boston will meet with the campaign committee, of which the chairman is Samuel Gurwitz, on Tuesday night, Dec. 3. It is hoped to get the drive under way by the first of the year.
The Jewish Home for the Aged and Orphans has recently arranged for the purchase of an estate of 6 acres and one building in a country district three miles outside the center of the city, to which it will eventually transfer its 36 children and 12 old people.
Title to the land will be taken in February. Shortly afterwards a drive for funds to rehabilitate and add to the place will be made. The institution will need two more buildings, one for the children and one for the aged. The house now on the grounds will be used as an administration building and as living quarters for the superintendent, John Beller, and his wife.
The Home, which is not included in the Welfare Federation of the city, depends entirely on private contributions, and upon proceeds from affairs. The annual entertainment and ball, from which a considerable portion of its budget comes, will be held the night of Dec. 25.
The Ladies’ Auxiliary to the Home, an organization of 350 women, has taken over the responsibility for the purchase of the grounds for the new institution. Since the Home’s indebtedness will be about $20,000 this is the largest burden the women have ever shouldered.