Montreal (Dec. 14)
The Federation of Jewish Philanthropies went over the top in its annual campaign for $300,000, to provide the financing of the 15 charities under the supervision of the Federation. At 11 o’clock on Monday evening, December 9th, when the returns were read the campaign workers lacked $31,000 of their objective. Edgar M. Berliner added $3,100 to his regular subscription, and many other generous donors followed his example.
This campaign was the most difficult in the 12-year history of the Jewish Federation, for three reasons. Less than three months ago, the Jewish community pledged $1,600,000 to the building of a Jewish Hospital in the city of Montreal. October brought the stock market crash, and in addition, several of the prominent Jewish citizens who have been the backbone of previous campaigns were too ill to attend this one.
Hon. Rodolphe Lemieux, Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada, was the guest speaker of the evening. His address was a tribute to the solidarity of the Jewish race and the commendation of the fine work which was carried on in the name of charity, which knows no race or creed. S. W. Jacobs, M.P., introduced the speaker, while Joseph Cohen, K.C., moved a vote of thanks.