U.S. Jews Gave over $1 Each for a Year of Welfare Work
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U.S. Jews Gave over $1 Each for a Year of Welfare Work

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The Jews of the United States, who number about 4,250,000, spent more than a dollar per capita for the support of thirty agencies in this country and overseas in a single year, it was revealed yesterday in a report issued by the National Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds.

Disbursements in the period covered by the report reached a grand total of $4,986,379. Of this amount the largest share went toward “overseas reconstruction and relief.” The sum expended in this division totaled $2,860,393.

$985,000 FOR HEALTH

In the classification headed “medical service,” the next largest amount, $985,000, was spent. Organizations in the category of “educational-cultural” received the third biggest allotment, $509,000. Agencies in the “coordination-research” group got $224,000.

For the most part, the year considered is 1933. The receipts of the thirty agencies dealt with in the report were $4,597,876.

The Joint Distribution Committee’s disbursements (which in this case cover 1933 and the early months of 1934) were at the top of the list, ascending to $1,506,000. This committee represents a merger of the American Jewish Relief Committee, the Central Jewish Relief Committee and similar bodies. Since 1933 it has been responsible for most of the relief activities carried on in Germany and in the countries where large numbers of refugees are gathered.


The American Palestine Campaign, the fund-raising instrument in the United States of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, and the Central Bureau for the Settlement of German Jews in Palestine disbursed $409,083.

Of monies collected in the United States, Hadassah spent $321,014, the National Jewish Hospital at Denver, Colo., $316,725, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid and Sheltering Society, $241,260, the American Jewish Congress, $90,799, the American Jewish Committee, $67,851, and the Jewish National Fund, $195,198.

The Jewish Consumptive and Ex-Patients Relief Association at Los Angeles, Cal., disbursed $240,389 in 1933. The ICOR paid out $50,754, according to the report, a sum which in this instance represents one-half of the expenditures from December 16, 1929, to September 30, 1931.

The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, from May to December of 1933, had total receipts of $17,555 and total disbursements of $6,420.

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