Children Lead in Boosting Subscriptions for Detroit Allied Jewish Campaign
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Children Lead in Boosting Subscriptions for Detroit Allied Jewish Campaign

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The Prophet Isaiah, in Chapter XI of the Biblical work so often quoted by peace advocates, prophesied that the coming of the millenium would be led by a little child.

This prophecy—”And a little boy shall lead them”—found realization Sunday evening, at the dinner which opened the Detroit drive for $305,000 for the Allied Jewish Campaign.

The audience, the most representative that ever gathered for a Jewish cause in Detroit, had just heard a masterful address by Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver of Cleveland, and contributions began to pour in. Within not more than 10 minutes close to $150,000 was donated to the fund, and there was a temporary lull in the enthusiasm of giving.

Just then one of the volunteer workers announced from the floor that three boys wished to make personal contributions: James Wineman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wineman, who head the campaign; Fred Finsterwald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Finsterwald, associate campaign leaders, and Elliott M. Lipson, son of Mrs. Rose Marshall Lipson, gave $10 each to help swell the fund.

And that started it: One after another mothers and fathers announced from the floor contributions in the names of their children. It stared with $25 per child and swelled to from $50 to $100 per child. Grandparents were not to be outdone, and soon contributions ranging from $25 to $100 per grandchild were made in addition to the regular gifts.

As a result of this new “stunt” in fund-raising, within a very short time there was added to the contributions a sum approximating $10,000.

The first day’s canvass for the $305,000 Allied Jewish Campaign resulted in subscriptions of $14,738, bringing the total subscribed, with the $175,670 contributed at the opening dinner Sunday evening, to $190,408. Clarence H. Enggass, chairman of the general solicitations committee, reported these figures at a luncheon of workers.

Founding Funders

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  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund