Roosevelt Lauds Hadassah’s Humanitarian Work

President Roosevelt, in a telegram from his special train to the 22nd annual convention of Hadassah, in session at the Benjamin Franklin Hotel here, lauded the women for “the fine humanitarian work” they are doing in Palestine.

“It seems to me,” he said, “that Hadassah has made a sound, sensible approach to its problems by emphasizing the safeguarding of health. I refer particularly to the wise emphasis upon preventive medical work and hospitalization and nursing designed to promote mental and physical fitness.

“Any group enjoying social security fostered by good health and the knowledge that ill health will be combatted vigorously is strategically fitted to deal intelligently with problems that may arise. I trust that new ideas at the convention will prove useful in promoting the fine humanitarian work for the alleviation of human suffering in which you are engaged,” the President declared.

Mrs. Edward Jacobs, president of Hadassah, reviewing the status of the Jews in Europe, said that “courage and the undaunted will to live will continue as the Jewish weapon for survival.”

The treasure reported that the $600,000 Hadassah had raised for its health work this year was $225,000 more than the sum raised last year.

Contributions in cash and pledges amounting to $75,000 were made from the convention floor for the University-Hadassah-Rothschild medical center in Jerusalem. A total of $550,000 has been raised for the hospital to date, it was reported.

Mrs. Felix M. Warburg praised Hadassah’s non-sectarian service in Palestine. A panel discussion on expanding Jewish education was led by Marvin Lowenthal.

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