Boston Mayor Meets Jewish Fund Pledge with Horserace Bet
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Boston Mayor Meets Jewish Fund Pledge with Horserace Bet

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Practically half the minimum goal set by the Associated Jewish Philanthropies, Boston’s Jewish community chest, has been reached in the first week of the drive in which 1,200 workers are participating. The organization is seeking $600,000 for the support of Jewish philanthropic, medical, educational and welfare institutions in the city.

With $150 in green-backs which he said he won on an “Australian horse,” Mayor James M. Curley yesterday paid his pledge to the organization at the third noon-day meeting of workers.

“Charity is the foundation of religion and the foundation of every worth-while endeavor,” the mayor declared, “and the two greatest charitable organizations in the city that cannot and must not die are the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Associated Jewish Philanthropies. You owe it to yourselves, to your race and to your city to put over this drive.” Raised thus far in the campaign is the sum of $277,989. Yesterday’s contributions, the largest for a single day to date, amounted to $25,361.

Judge A. K. Cohen of the Suffolk Municipal Court, and first vice-president of the organization, will preside at every noon-day meeting of the campaign workers.

Louis E. Kirstein is president of the organization; Abraham K. Cohen, first vice-president; Caspar M. Grosberg, treasurer, and B. M. Selekman, executive director. Sidney Rabinowitz is general chairman of the campaign; Mrs. Hyman Freiman, chairman of the women’s division, and Arthur C. Stern, chairman of the business men’s council.

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