Affirming that giving to philanthropy should become a duty, comparable to paying taxes, Mrs. Felix M. Warburg, co-chairman with Mrs. Sidney C. Borg of the Women’s Division of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies, spoke Tuesday afternoon at a rally and tea at the home of Adolph Lewisohn, when reports were given of the Women’s Division’s progress in the campaign of Federation to complete a budget of $3,923,000 for the support of 91 affiliated institutions.
Mrs. Warburg pointed out that out of 900,000 Jews in New York City, only 30,000 were steady friends of the Federation.
“I should like to see the time come,” she said, “when it would be necessary for the self-respect of the Jew who is well off to a member of Federation ; when every person gave to philanthropy as he pays his taxes, as a matter of duty and self-respect.”
Mrs. Borg, emphasizing the need for private philanthropy as well as emergency relief, said that there has been a 48 percent increase in the number of children in all institutions throughout the country since the depression, and that according to authorities, very little is being done on behalf of the growing boy and girl.
Reports were read by Mrs. Alfred A. Cook, Mrs. Arthur Lehman, and Mrs. Irwin Untermyer, commanders of the three principle divisions in the women’s group, as well as Mrs. Joseph Brettauer, who heads the Institutional Directors, and Mrs. Isaac Kubie.