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J. D. B. News Letter

Plans for Jewish Community Chest Fail in Boston

The plan proposed by the leading Jewish philanthropists of Boston including A. C. Ratshesky, banker, and Louis E. Kirstein, for organization of a Jewish Community Chest in Boston, which received an enthusiastic reception in local Jewish philanthropic circles, will not be realized, at least this year. The failure on the part of two large Jewish organizations in the city to endorse the project has doomed the Jewish community chest here. Those who are more optimistic believe that in time all leading Jewish organizations in the city will eventually create a larger federation to supplant the present Federation of Jewish Charities with a view of uniting for one annual campaign so as to eliminate duplication of fund raising efforts.

The Beth Israel Hospital, which is one of the most popular institutions in the city, guided by Albert Ginsburg, president, was one of the first to endorse the chest. Later, it is learned, the Board of directors, at a special meeting, refused to sanction the plan and some of the most ardent supporters of the Chest Plan, notwithstanding their previous attitude, turned their backs on the chest.

A joint campaign for the Federated Jewish Charities and the Beth Israel Hospital for $800,000, is about to be launched. The Beth Israel Hospital needs $300,00 this year to maintain the institution and the Federation and its constituent organizations require $500,000. This is the largest sum of money ever asked at one time from Boston Jews for philanthropy. The campaign will be launched at the end of this month.

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