With $250,000 of its proposed $1,000,000 building fund raised in cash and pledges, the Deborah Jewish Consumptive Relief Society Sunday announced its intention of immediately proceeding with drives throughout the country regardless of what the decision of the New Jersey Supreme Court may be on the Lake Hoptacong site. The Supreme Court early in May is expected to rule on the Society’s appeal against the decision restraining it from building on Lake Hopatcong due to the complaints of residents in the vicinity.
In the event the decision should be against the Sanatorium, the building operations, which are planned to offer increased facilities to 200 tuberculars, will proceed at Browns Mills in the Pines, the present home of the Society. The present bed capacity of the institution is 48.
These steps were authorized by the fourth annual convention of the Society Saturday evening and Sunday at the Broadway Central Hotel, New York City. Three hundred and seventy delegates representing the Independent Order Brith Abraham, the Jewish National Workers Alliance, the Workmen’s Circle and various Independent Beneficial Societies in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, attended.
The Convention rejected the proposal of. J. Bonow of Philadelphia to erect the new sanatorium at Easton, Pa.
New York City, which has accepted a quota of $250,000, will inaugurate the national campaign with a drive scheduled to take place next month. Newark has pledged itself to raise an equal sum and Philadelphia $100,000. (Continued on Page 4) (Continued from Page 3)
The direction of the national campaign will be under the leadership of a Chairman to be chosen by the newly elected Executive Committee of the Society.
The plans for the new sanatorium will not interrupt the proposed enlargement of the present home at Browns Mills through funds donated from private sources. Building operations to offer facilities for fifty additional patients will proceed at once. When the new sanatorium is completed, this wing will be used as a Tubercular Home for Incurables.
Memorials to the late Joseph Barondess and the late Dr. Louis Hollander, Superintendent of the Sanatorium will be placed in the new buildings.
Addresses at the Convention were made by Judge Jacob Pankin, Mrs. Sol Shapiro, President of the Society, and Joseph Baskin, General Secretary of the Workmen’s Circle who pledged the support of his organization. Those who presided as Chairmen were Louis A. Fast, Felix J. Schotland, A. Berkowitz of Philadelphia, and Wm. M. Goldweber.
At a banquet in the evening which concluded the Convention addresses were delivered by Judge Albert Cohn, Louis E. Schwartz, Dr. Louis I. Harris, Dr. Israel Goldstein, and Dr. Max Tashman.
Mrs. Sol Shapiro was reelected President, and Harris Freedman, Treasurer.